British Colonies Research Paper

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The British Colonies were founded for a variety of reasons. Some colonies were founded for profit, while others were founded in a search for religious freedom. Many people came willingly to this new land to make a fresh start. Others were brought unwillingly to America as enslaved people. From the very beginning America was a country with a diverse population. As the American colonies grew, each region developed an economy based on its own resources and environment. The English principles of limited and representative government greatly influenced the development of the colonies (as first seen in North America with the Virginia House of Burgesses), and, later, of the United States. The end of the French and Indian War (1754-1763) led to conflict between the American colonies and Britain. Colonists became livid at British policies over settlement and taxation. Tensions increased, leading to events such as the Boston Massacre and the Boston Tea Party. By 1774, colonial leaders…show more content…
The publication appeared recurrently from 1732 to 1758. It was a best seller for a pamphlet published in the American colonies; print runs reached 10,000 per year. Franklin, the American inventor, statesman, and publisher, attained triumph with Poor Richard's Almanack. Almanacks were very popular books in colonial America, offering a assortment of seasonal weather forecasts, practical household hints, riddles, and other delights. Poor Richard's Almanack was also widespread for its extensive use of wordplay, and some of the witty phrases coined in the work survive in the modern-day American patois. The Almanack was also a reflection of the norms and social mores of his times in America, rather than a philosophical document setting a path for new-freedoms, as the works of Franklin's contemporaries, Jefferson, Adams, or Paine

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