Do Now: “The settlers in England’s American colonies brought with them their country’s tradition of representative government. In 1619, the settlers of Jamestown in Virginia founded the House of Burgesses



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The Colonial Experience – Part II

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The settlers in England’s American colonies brought with them their country’s tradition of representative government. In 1619, the settlers of Jamestown in Virginia founded the House of Burgesses, America’s first representative assembly for making laws. In the following years, English Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower agreed that the laws for their colony at Plymouth in Massachusetts would be subject to the colonists’ approval and consent. The document presenting their agreement is known as the Mayflower Compact. As a result of this Compact, citizens in many New England towns met regularly to discuss problems and vote directly on laws. These town meetings were an important element in the development of our democratic heritage.” ~ U.S. History and Government



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