Dan Herber Period 2 Ritter Chapter 5: Part One Colonial Society on the Eve of Revolution 1700- 1775 I. Conquest by the Cradle • Britain ruled 32 colonies in North America by 1775 • The population of the colonies had reached 2.5million by 1775 • Four cities were in the colonies II. A Mingling of the Races • Germans fleeing from religious persecution flee to America and accounted for 6 percent of the population, brought Lutheranism and some religious diversity • The Scots-Irish accounted for 7 percent of the population, and started spreading out to find fortune • The Scots-Irish caused many problems and were lawless and individualistic • Many other groups from Europe came to NA, accounting for about 5 percent of the population • The mixing of these races led to the multicultural America III. The Structure of Colonial Society • Most white Americans were small farmers • In NE, young man were forced into wage labor or going west of the Appalachian mountains to get land because it was getting scarce
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