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With such a large number of slaves being imported

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Unformatted text preview: concept of the tenure of free and common socage? The concept of the tenure of free and common socage is very similar to regular land tenures expect this land is alienable meaning that the earl is allowed to sell it to whoever he wants as long as the new owner continues to honor his obligations to the king. This gave people incentive to work on the land which included clearing trees (biggest cost of starting farm) and then sell it so they could make a profit. Free and common socage is directly related to the start of agriculture in the colonies. What was the rate of population growth in the colonies? The rate of population growth in the colonies was about 3% and doubled every 25 years. Did the Caribbean colonies differ from the North American colonies? The Caribbean colonies were different from the North American colonies because they had different staple crops. The Caribbean colonies specialized in things like sugar, indigo, and spices while the North American colonies specialized in things like tobacco and wheat. Sugar needed to be refined and was grown on large plantations so this led to a greater number of slaves being imported from Africa. With such a large number of slaves being imported came the Malthusian Theory because unlike North America the Caribbean does not have as many resources or land to expand on. What roughly were the crude birth and death rates in the North American colonies? The crude birth rate in the North American colonies was between 40 and 50 percent. The crude death rate in the North American colonies was between 20 and 25 percent. Why was fertility high and mortality low in Europe? The reason why fertility was high and mortality was low in Europe was because the population was well fed due to the fact that there was a lot of land and much of the population was involved in agriculture and farming. Another reason is because the population was very spread out throughout the land, which led to less contact with sick people, which was what was going on in the crowded cities densely populated with immigrants. What were the primary causes of death in the 17th and 18th centuries? The primary cause of death in the 17th century and 18th century was infectious diseases, which include things like the flu, pneumonia, and tuberculosis. This became the leading cause of deaths because those diseases can be spread easily through air, water, and other vectors and in the city the population was very dense. Navigation Acts What were the Navigation Acts and what were they trying to accomplish? The Navigation Acts we...
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This note was uploaded on 01/25/2013 for the course ECON 311 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at Maryland.

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