Self-Government Vs Colonial Self Government

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Both colonies on arrival formed self governments upon entering the New World. The reason for forming self government in both colonies was because England and the king were 3000 miles away. This would make it very hard to be ruled by the king if he was very far away. For example, Jamestown`s form of self government took the from of a representative legislative assembly, later to become the House of Burgesses. The House of Burgesses was an assembly of representatives that would meet annually in Jamestown to make laws and elect the governor. Also the colonists wanted to separate church form state creating a secular government, because the colonists had different views that would end most controversies. They did this to “establish one equal and uniform government over all Virginia” and “provide just laws for the happy guiding and governing of the people there…show more content…
In addition they let people vote so that “every man will more willingly obey laws to which he has yielded his consent.” By doing so the people got to vote for who they wanted to make their laws, giving the colonists more incentive to follow the laws. By contrast, Plymouth`s form of self-government was the Mayflower Compact. This was an agreement to collaborate with each other, to make a colony, to be friends, and to make a civil body politic. A civil body politic is a temporary government, and it was necessary because the “Strangers” were thought that they would defy the Pilgrims if they landed outside of the grant that they received from the London Company. Also, it was necessary because of different religious views; because of the Mayflower Compact, they however, were friends and
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