Democracy In the Colonies

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Democracy In The Colonies Democracy existed in the colonies in the New World even at the very beginning. However some colonies were more democratic than others. The major ideas of democracy like freedom of religion, speech, free market and human rights came to the New World with the first colonists, the Puritans. They came to the Americas looking for freedom and they found it. British America however, was much more democratic in all of its aspects than Spanish America. Politically the English form of government in the Americas followed the democratic ideas much better than the Spanish government in its colonies in the New World. First of all the English colonies didn't have an absolute like the Spanish colonies did. The English had an appointed British governor, but most places held town meetings and that's how they solved their issues. Everyone had a vote in the decisions they made.The Spanish government was headed by an abosolute. The church also had a big control over the people, the church and the state were basically one. That defies all democratic ideas. In British America the women had some rights, much more than in other colonies. Unlike the English, in the Spanis Continue...

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In all of its economical aspects British America followed democratic ideas much better than Spanish America. The most Democratic aspect of British America is the social. Trade was free and the colonists even traded with the Natives. Unlike them, the Spaniards killed and tortured the Natives in most cruel ways. That separation of people is racist and opposes the democratic idea of equality. People had more rights, and played a role in making major decisions unlike the Spanish colonies where the crown and the church made all the decisions. In the town meeting, with its open discussion and open voting, direct democracy functioned at its best. I fully support his opinion that in the colonies, there was a direct democracy futioning at its best. In British America the most rights had male landowners and even women had some rights like I meantioned before. The English economical system was also much more democratic than the Spanish. Slave trade was a big part of the Spanish economy. In Spanish the encomienda system was in effect. They traded grain, lumbur, fur, indigo and tobacco. This goes back to the democratic concept of human rights.


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