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British America

in Colonial America

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199766239
Published online September 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199365876 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/actrade/9780199766239.003.0008

Series: Very Short Introductions

British America

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Initially, the English monarch didn't exercise much power over his colonists entrusting colonization to private interests licensed by royal charters. ‘British America’ looks at the changing ways that the British back home managed their colonies in America. Later in the seventeenth century, the Crown sought tighter controls over the colonies, to better regulate and tax commerce. They had begun to recognise the connection between overseas colonies, commercial expansion, and national power. Their main rival initially were the Dutch. Later, the colonists and the British felt a new commonality as Protestants when they faced Catholic France, which became the empire's greatest enemy.

Keywords: Charles II; Jonathan Edwards; Benjamin Franklin; James II; Jacob Leisler; Francis Nicholson; William Penn; George Whitefield; William III

Chapter.  4750 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945) ; US Colonial and Revolutionary History

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