American Revolution Dbq

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After the Portuguese and Spanish made a name for themselves in the New World, the English decided to start exploring and colonizing, too. Some of the main reasons the English came to the New World were the English economy, land, and religious freedom. Mercantilism was the main source of money for the economy, but when the European market collapsed in the 1550s, merchants had to find other ways to get the materials they needed to be able to trade. Land was also valuable because that was how people made their living, but when all the land in England was taken up they had to look elsewhere, which is why many of them sailed to the New World. One of the biggest issues was religious freedom. This was especially true for the Protestants who believed…show more content…
Bacon and many other supporters thought they were being treated unfairly because they wanted to expand westward for the sake of their farms but were denied the request multiple times by Berkeley. They felt they had the right as colonists to do what they pleased, so Bacon and his supporters terrorized a group of Indians and then came back to Jamestown and to burn the city down and exile the governor (Brinkley 32). This rebellion showed England the resilience of colonists when their rights are tampered with. However, England really did nothing to facilitate their needs and, little did they know, this was the spark that would eventually ignite the Revolutionary…show more content…
This is especially true of Massachusetts Bay. Charles I became the new king of England after his father, James I, died. While James I was cruel to Puritans, Charles I was even crueler, even putting many of them in jail for their beliefs. To try and get away from this, “a group of Puritan merchants began organizing a new colonial venture” (Brinkley 33). After receiving the appropriate charter, they sailed to New England and established a new colony called Massachusetts. They prospered in a short amount of time, building cities and creating large populations within the colony (Brinkley 34). This shows a great deal of difference between Massachusetts and Bacon’s Rebellion. Both had good reasons to be mad at the king, whether they were religious or agrarian. However, the Puritans decided to act calmly and establish a new home while Bacon and his sympathizers destroyed a town and the trust of many people. Since Massachusetts was relatively peaceful, there were no clear indications to England that she would be a problem or be part of a
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