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enlightenment movement that spread the idea that reason and science could improve society.
monarch king or queen
legislature a groupof people that makes laws
percendant a ruling that is used as the basis for a judicial decision in a later similar case
common law a system of law based on precedent and customs
natural rights freedoms people passes relating to life liberty ,and property
social contract an agreement among people in one place who are ruled by a parent country else where
join stock company investors provide partial ownership in company organized for profit
charter a written document granting land and the authority to set up colonial governments or a government document granting permission to organize a corperation
compact an agreement, or contract among a group of people
proprietary colony area with owner controlled land government
royal colony a colonial area of land controlled directly by a king or other monarch
religious dissenters those who followed a religious faith other than the official religion of England.
puritans religious dissenters who came to the colonies to purify,or reform,the angelican church.
Pilgrims colonial puritans who considered themselves people on a religious journey.
toleration acceptance of other groups,such as religious groups.
indentured servant workers who contracted with American colonist for food and shelter in return for their labor
plantation a large estate
triangular trade pattern of trade that developed in colonial times among the Americas Africa and Europe
tidewater areas from low,flat,plains near the seacoast of Virgina and north Carolina
egalitarianism the philosophy or spirit of equality
mercantilism the theory that a country should sell more goods to other countries than it buys
boycott the refusal to purchase ceartin goods repeal-to cancel a law.
delegate a Representative to a meeting
independence self reliance and freedom from outside control