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Between the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, and the Treaty of Paris in 1762, the most important change that occurred in the colonies was the extension of British ideals far beyond their practice in England itself.

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Between the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, and the Treaty of Paris in 1762, the most important change that occurred in the colonies was the extension of British ideals far beyond their practice in England itself. The colonies were becoming more independent and wanting to become their own country. Changes in religion, economics, politics, and social structures illustrate this Americanization of the transplanted Europeans. By 1763, although some colonies still maintained established churches, other colonies had accomplished a virtual revolution for religious toleration and separation of church and state. The only religion tolerated in Great Britain was the Church of England, in which people were called Anglicans. In the colonies, the Anglican Church was established in Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, and parts of New York. In the New England colonies, except for independent Rhode Island, the Congregational Church was the only acceptable religion. Meanwhile in Maryland, the Acts of Toleration was created in 1649. ...read more.

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Colonists received tea from Spain and traded with French fur-traders for such things as beaver pelts. Despite British trading policies, colonies created their own inter-colonial trading system. The south produced agricultural products, the middle colonies known as the "bread colonies" traded grain products, and the northern colonies had exports such as timber and fur. Since the colonies provided and produced different goods, it was inevitable for the colonies to begin trading with one another. Building on English foundations of political liberty, the colonies extended the concepts of liberty and self-government far beyond those envisioned in the Mother country. In 1619, the House of Burgesses was created by the London Company in Virginia. This was the first of many miniature parliaments to flourish in America. An important event that occurred from 1734-35 was known as the Zenger's Trial. John Peter Zenger, a newspaper printer, was accused and taken to trail on the account of seditious libel towards a corrupt royal governor of New York. ...read more.

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This societal structure contained no middle class. In North American colonies, a middle class was created consisting of merchants, fur-trappers, artisans, shipbuilders, and small-farm owners. This was the first societal structure that consisted of a lower, middle, and upper class. Also in the colonies, there was more social mobility in which people of lower society could move up the social ranking is really desired. This would have never of occurred in England because it was not simply possible. In England, once a person was poor, he or she would forever remain poor unless a miracle occurred. This could have been another factor as to why people migrated to the New World. Once Britain won the French and Indian War, it was thought life would finally be good. In fact, this was not the case, it only created more problems within the colonies. The war helped to spur independence among the colonists, which caused them to develop a new vision of their destiny. It was a destiny in which Great Britain was no longer a part of. Angela Eanes A.P. U.S. History, Period 4 September 30, 2002 Essay Test ...read more.

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