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chapter 2

TermDefinition
Enlightment movement that spread the idea that reason and science could prove
monarch king or queen
legislative a group of people that makes laws
precedent a ruling that is used as the bias for a judicial decsion
common law a system of law based on precedent and customs
natrual rights freedoms people possess relating to life, liberty, and properity
social contract an agreement among people in a society with government
colony a group of people in one place who are ruled by a parent country elsewhere
joint-stock company investors provide partial ownership in a 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 corporation
compact an agreement, or contract, among a group of people
proprietary colony area with owner- controlled land and government
royal colony a colonial area of land controlled directly by a king or other monarch
religious dissenters those who follow a religious faith other than the official religion of England
Puritans religious dissenters who came up to the colonies to purfiy, or reform, the Anglican Church
Pilgrams colonial puritans who considered themselves people on a religious journey
toleration a system in which governments control extends to almost all aspects of people's lives
indentured servant workers who contracted with american colonists 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 Americans, Africa, and Europe
Tidewater areas of low, flat plains near the seacoast of Virginia and North Carolina
egalitarianism the philosophy or sprit of equality
mercantilism the theroy that a country should tell more goods to other countries than it buys
boycott the refusal to purchase certrian goods
repeal to cancel a law
delegate a representative to a meeting
independence self-reliance and freedom from outside control
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