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The Atlantic World, European Settlements of North America

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The Atlantic World (cont.); European Settlement of North America: 1550-1700, Chesapeake a. Hierarchy and Authority Patriarchy Primogeniture (England) – the first-born male inherited the power and titles Centralized monarchy o Most monarchs were absolute princes; they had absolute power/diplomacy; could decide when to go to war, etc. o Ideas of democracy were simply not there. o The last democracy, if u can even call it that, occurred in ancient Greece. Aristocracy (nobility) o Aristocrats (dukes, barons) – not only had land and titles, but controlled property and influenced laws; there were not too many of them o Remember the bulk of society was poor; worked the land; lived a subsistence o Food was all-important Privilege – important because this British structure of privilege carries over to the American colonies; truly collapses during the American Revolution o One key privilege that the nobility had was the fact that they did not have to pay taxes.
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