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Salutary Neglect: A Timeline to Revolution
Transcript of Salutary Neglect: A Timeline to Revolution
Salutary neglect left the Jamestown settlers to fend for themselves upon arrival, the British did nothing to help them as they first struggled. Later, this led to the settlers creating their own choice of government, the House of Burgesses.
"He who shall not work shall not eat." -John Smith
Battle of Quebec 1759
Salem Witch Trials 1692-1693
Bacon's Rebellion 1676
Mayflower Compact 1620
French and Indian War
Peter Zenger Trial 1734-1735
The Age of Enlightenment 1700s
Treaty of Paris 1763
The Mayflower Compact was a simple constitution the colonists made, laying the foundation for our current Constitution.
The Pilgrims were free to use this as their laws of choice, as England was concentrating on making a profit.
Nathaniel Bacon led other frustrated colonists in an attempt to gain more land and overthrow their governor.
The distant English did not take any part in the New World's first rebellion.
The uprising was a taste for the colonists of revolutionary acts and independence.
Many of he founders and members of the Northern colonies had fled religious persecution in England.
The hysteria that caused the trials and executions of many innocents accused of witchcraft, stemmed from a religion that England had gotten rid of. Once these religions were gone, England paid them no attention, leading to religious freedom in the colonies.
The age of reason and scientific thought, rather than religion and emotions changed the ideas behind how both England and the colonies were ran.
Liberty, democracy, and the Great Awakening developed in the colonies. Once salutary neglect was over, Britain tried to control their new ideas.
Through the Molasses Act, Britain tried to control American trade. Americans avoided the law by smuggling. They didn't respect the interference after the independence they had enjoyed for so long.
Accused with seditious libel, Peter Zenger, a newspaper printer was found not guilty. This was the a move forward in democracy and the beginnings of America's freedom of the press, something England didn't have.
This war was an opportunity to create more power and wealth in America for the French and English. It was the beginning of the end of England's salutary neglect. After England won they attempted to keep closer watch on the colonists. What seemed like a victory had unforeseen effects. Colonial unity and an opposition to England were on the rise.
During this end period of salutary neglect, the Battle of Quebec drove out the French from North America. Britain's land and power increased, as did the colonist's self-esteem.
This treaty was the end to the Seven Years' War (The French and Indian War). It marked the beginning of Britain as a dominant power, and an end to salutary neglect.