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Enlightenment Movement that spread the idea that reason and science could improve society
Monarch King or Queen
Legislature A group of people that make 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 precedent and customs
Natural laws Freedoms 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 in one place who are ruled by a parent country elsewhere
Joint-Stock Company Investors provide partial ownership in a county 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
Proprietary 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 followed a religious faith other than the official religion on England
Puritan Religious dissenter who came to the colonies to purify, or reform, the Angelican Church
Pilgrims Colonial Puritans who considered themselves people on a religious journey
Toleration Respecting and accepting other groups, such as religious groups
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 started in colonial times between Americas, Africa and Europe
Adapt To adjust to a situation or condition
Assist To help or aid
Mercantilism The theory that a country should sell more goods than it buys
Boycott The refusal to purchase goods
Repeal To cancel a law
Delegate A representative to a meeting
Independence Self-reliance and freedom from outside control
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