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chapter 2 Vocab.

TermDefinition
Enlightenment: Movement that spread the idea that reason and science could improve society
Monarch King or Queen
Legislature A group of people that makes laws
Precedent 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 precedents and customs
Natural Rights Freedoms and people possess relating to life, liberty, and property
Social contract An agreement among people in a society with a government
Colony A group of people i one place who are ruled by a apparent 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
Compact An agreement, or contract among a group of people
Proprietary Colony Are with owner-controlled land and government
Royal Colony A colonial area of land controlled directly by a king or other monarch
Religious Dissenter Those who followed a religion faith other than the official religion of England
Puritans Religious dissenters who came to the colonies to purify, or reform the Anglican church
Pilgrams Colonial puritans who considered themselves people on a religious journey
Plantation A large estate
Indentured servant workers who contracted with american colonist for food and shelter in return for their labor
Toleration Acceptance of other groups, such as religious groups
Triangular trade Pattern of trade that developed in colonial times among the Americas, African and europe
Tidewater Areas of low, flat-plains near sea coast of Virginia 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
Boyscott The refusal to purchase certain goods
Delegates A representative to a meeting
Independence Self-Reliance and freedom from outside control
Repeal To cancel a law
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