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Unformatted text preview: The First English Colonies
Jamestown - Virginia Plymouth - Massachusetts Was the first permanent English settlement in North America in 1607 Struggled to initially survive; Malaria, interest in gold etc. John Smith came in and established strict work rules In 1619 settlers began to have a voice in govt; could vote for reps in the House of Burgesses House of Burgesses marked the beginning of representative govt in the colonies Started by Pilgrims who wanted to escape the Church of England In 1620 they headed for Virginia on the Mayflower but ended up in Massachusetts Created the Mayflower Compact in which they promised to obey "just and equal laws". Had an elected govt. Half the colonists died during the first winter; Native Americans ended up helping ...
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