The British Colonies and their influence

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The British Colonies Although not quite as democratic as our lives, the British Colonies in the 18th century were a haven for liberty, democracy, and new ways of thinking, because they were considerably more advanced in comparison to the world around them. Equality is an essential part of a democracy, and even more democratic systems were appearing in the Colonies. To ensure equality everyone needs to have an equal say in the government. The only citizens allowed to vote were wealthy, adult, white males, but it’s estimated 50%-80% enjoyed the freedom, a considerable advantage to the 5% in Britain. Occupied with other matters, the British Empire wasn’t able to completely control the colonies and as a result they developed independent governments. While still only the wealthy could hold positions, the government was fairly democratic. In addition to the large voting percentage, many states formed assemblies that were similar to the House of Commons in England. These were effective because they better represented the people and put a check on the power of the Governor. Further advances in free speech rights also made their way into the colonies. Speech was considerably freer in the Colonies than in England, and famous cases like Zenger further supported this belief. The freedom of the press was especially suppressed. The press argued that this freedom allowed improvement of the government and was necessary for a democracy. When a printer Zenger was arrested for calling his governor corrupt. He was brought to trial but declared innocent since his claims were true. Once again the colonies were far ahead of the rest of the world. The Colonies were a haven for these new ideas and were far ahead of the rest of the
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