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House of Burgesses & The Mayflower Compact

Important documents that formed US government

Will Richard

on 27 October 2016

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Transcript of House of Burgesses & The Mayflower Compact

The House of Burgesses &
The Mayflower Compact

The first legislative assembly in the American colonies,
held its first meeting in the choir at Jamestown Church
in the summer of 1619.
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Modeled after the English Parliament, the House of Burgesses was established in 1619. Members would meet at least once a year with their royal governor to decide local laws and determine local taxation.
The colonists drew upon their claims to traditional English rights and insisted on raising their own representative assemblies. Such was the case with the Virginia House of Burgesses, the first popularly elected legislature in the New World.
Info to Know:
The Magna Carta
Since 1619, Americans have had a republic. Voters chose representatives to make laws to protect the citizens. Examples include: town councils, state legislatures (The General Assembly in RI) and our national Congress (The House of Representatives & The Senate.)
House of Burgesses led to Congress
In basic terms, the Mayflower Compact was a social contract. The men of Plymouth who signed it agreed to abide by the new government's laws in exchange for shared protection. It set a precedent and was indeed an influential document for the founding fathers as they created the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution.
The Mayflower Compact led to the Declaration of Independence and The Constitution
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The House of

The English Legislature: Based on the
Magna Carta. Parliament consists of the House
of Lords & the House of Commons.
They make laws to protect English citizens.
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