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Col Life and Lead Up

Words from the Colonial Life and Lead Up to Revolution Units

TermDefinition
mercantilism An economic policy in which nations tried to gain wealth by controlling trade and establishing colonies.
cash crops A crop, such as tobacco, sugar, and cotton, raised in large quantities and sold for profit.
charter A formal document issued by the king that outlined a colony’s geographic boundaries and specified how it would be governed.
democratic Ruled by the people. In a democracy, citizens elect representatives to make and carry out laws.
slave trade The business of capturing, transporting, and selling people as slaves.
rights Powers or privileges that belong to people as citizens and that cannot or should not be taken away by the government.
Great Awakening A revival of religious feeling and belief in the American colonies that began in the 1730s.
Parliament The lawmaking body of England, consisting of representatives from throughout the kingdom.
Patriot a colonist who favored independence from Great Britain
Loyalist a colonist who favored British rule within the Colonies
repeal to get rid of or cancel a law
boycott a form of protest where people refuse to buy from a certain person or business
proclamation to announce publicly
intolerable unbearable
tyranny the unjust or unfair use of power
militia a group of civilians ready to fight in an emergency. Not professional soldiers
Created by: lindagarcia