British colonies in 1713

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  • Features of government in the new colonies of America
    • As part of the British Empire, 13 colonies were under the authority of the British monarch
    • The King appointed governors, who were in charge of each colony. Each governor appointed a council, which helped him to govern
    • New council were appointed by an elected body- the council and assembly
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    • New England colonies mostly consisted of middle class families and lived in town. Skilled worksmen
      • Mostly congregationalist those not of the same belief were not welcomed
    • Middle colonies much poorer than New England. Large population of servants, and split into small plots. People of all religions were welcome
    • Southern colonies were expensive as there were vast plots and plantations, which grew tobacco or rice. Wealthy landowners lived there and over 50% were slaves

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