American Push For Independence

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Divided Thoughts on Independence

The British colonies of North America took their beginnings in the early part of the sixteen hundreds. At that time Virginia and New England became the first regions to be settled by the English. It was the birth of America as a whole, but it also was the beginnings of two distinct ways of life. The colonies were founded on Independence, but from the start there were two completely different ideas of what that Independence was and what it would mean over time.
This paper will examine the two conceptions of Independence to the Virginian and to the New Englander. Using primary documents of the time it will explain how each idea changed over time from settlement to the American Revolution. It will show how the two distinct societies divided so much since settlement came together under a common American theme. It will finally explain why the theme of independence played such a great role in the development of Colonial America and how is a central idea of their culture.
The settlements of Virginia started as an economic venture to reap the land of its resources for the mother nation. It started very slowly due to the lack of preparedness of the colonists and investors. It took sometime before the colony took off. Its first years were filled with death and famine. George Percy worte,
“The fourth day of September, there died Thomas Jacob, sergeant. The fifth day, there died Benjamin Beast. Our men were destroyed with cruel diseases, [such] as swellings, fluxes, burning fevers, and by wars, and some departed suddenly, but for the most part they died of mere famine. There were never Englishmen left in a foreign country in such misery as we were in this new-discovered Virginia.';
The colonists believed that by coming to the new land they would have a chance for an independent wealthy life. They came on the belief that riches would “fall into their laps.'; The Virginia model of Independence grew out of this original plan of settlement.
Economic status became very important after the colony found its savior in Tobacco. The crop was the answer to everyone’s prayers. The high tobacco prices in England brought prosperity to the colonists. The Virginia way was started and thrived on this cash crop. The second biggest i...

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..., but the causes would be seen to run much deeper than the actual disputes. It would always play out the ideas that each region was founded on. Gaining independence that they so coveted as people of America. America is based on Independence; it was founded on it in 1776, as well as, in 1620. Every American is on the mission of living an independent life. It is not a question of what an independent life is, but more of whose independent model one bases his own ideas on.
Independence will always be synonymous with American. Every idea or concept since this lands habitation by Europeans has been based on an Independent concept of some sort. Today we feel the effect of our originators’ views. In the fairly short historical life of America, It has expanded its ideas of independence to a much larger realm of equality and liberty. Every generation of American has had an ideal of what independence is because they are living in the land that was founded on it. Today the remnants of the Virginia and New England models of independence can still be found, however its offspring of American culture is the dominant lasting ideal of independence in America.

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