Also, there were three ways of describing the colonies. The one that most closely related
to England were the provincial colonies like Virginia, South Carolina or New Hampshire because
their governors were elected by the English crown and those governors had more power than in
other colonies. “The American Yawp: Chapter 4” discusses a quote from William Berkeley where
Berkeley talked about the idea of printing saying that “I thank God there are no free schools nor
printing . . . for learning has brought disobedience, and heresy . . . and printing has divulged
them.” Since Berkeley was an Englishman appointed by England it’s understandable that he
shared English values on freedom of the press.
In conclusion, the ideas and concepts that made colonists assume they were British
were the ideas that conflicted with our present understanding of Americanism. The ideas that
characterized the colonists relation to England were: mercantilism and our economic relation to
Britain, their similarities in elections, enfranchisement (or lack thereof), royally appointed
governors that held English interests, the advent of provincial colonies, and certain views on
freedom of religion. These ideas are what continued to connect England and the colonies
against growing division among the colonists.