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Session 3 Lecture Notes

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Session 3 Lecture Notes History 202

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These notes cover the information in the session 3 lecture about the English empire in North America
United states history since 1865
Gregory Domber
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Date Created: 10/05/16
Session 3 Notes: The English Empire in North America Chesapeake Colonies  Jamestown was the first English colony  Picked to stay away from Spanish in Florida and Caribbean  British was not as powerful in the beginning Economic Pressures in England  Economic crisis in England  Enclosure of land and dislocation of poor into cities  West Country Men promoted colonies to send poor to place excess labor  Mercantilism: trying to enrich home cities o In colonies to extract new raw materials to send back o Economic motives Jamestown 1607  King gives contract to Virginia Company of London to colonize a certain region and bring home goods  Set up a triangular wooden fort  Not in a good location: very swampy, mosquitoes brought disease  20% of colonists survived  Very unprepared Powhatan and Pocahontas  Local population of Indian saves tribe and feeds them  Chief was Powhatan o He had 100 children and wives  Pursued good relations with English for trade  British looked down on Indians o Polytheistic, lazy (no private property)  England is Anglican and doesn’t bring missionaries  Indians were economic subordinates first, not interested in saving souls  Relationship begins to sour o Asks for more food and takes more land  Powhatan was unhappy with the amount of trade  Violence erupts: kills colonists with corn in their mouths  Abates when British capture Pocahontas, Powhatan’s favorite daughter o Come to a treaty  Pocahontas lived in the colony, married, converted, and traveled to England to get investors  She dies, violence erupts Tobacco  Jamestown learned that the tobacco was more mild  Began to grow, dry, and store for transport  The export saves the Virginia Company  Becomes popular back in Europe  Promotes café culture  Grew rapidly and doubled each year Indentured Servitude  Tobacco increased colony’s need for labor  Contract: passage to America in exchange for time of work  75% of immigrants were indentured servants and unskilled laborers  Time could be added o Pregnancy, illness, not productive  Received food, clothing, and shelter to get by  Large male population, very few women and families  Most servants died  If survived they could earn their freedom and receive clothes and land o Promise of land drew servants  Dependent on new servants Class Distinctions  25% of population was free immigrants  Some craftsmen  Wealthy received access to most and best land  If you paid your own way to get there you received 50 acres of land plus an additional 50 acres per servant you brought  House of Burgesses o Elected representative body o Governor was in charge o Common law but favored wealthy o Creates idea of democracy  Class tensions New England Economy  Diverse groups of people o More craftsmen, small farmers (no major crops or large plantations) o Less servants o Better gender balance: 6 men to 4 women o More families o Less reliant on immigrants o Bigger population  Stable social structure o Church played a central role: Puritans  Big export is cod fish o Protein o Big fishing industry – ship building, lumber, farming  Economy focused on themselves not exports o Self-sustaining Carolina Colonies Barbados and Charleston  Barbados economy dominated by sugar plants  Generated more trade and capital, very wealthy  New England made ships and barrels and their cod was sent to Barbados  Barbados was heavily reliant on African slaves o Majority of their population  English colonists from Barbados founded Charleston o South of Chesapeake: sign of growing English confidence o Land for people deal o Free white men got land and extra land for slaves o Wealth stayed with wealthy o Reliant on African slaves  Start to cultivate rice o Grows and makes Carolinas successful  Grows indigo o Becomes part of textile industry in England  Becomes wealthiest state by 1740


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