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English colonization of the seventeenth century underwent remarkable complications demonstrated by settlement patterns and transformation of social structure. Specifically, throughout the settlement process, Indians experienced immense religious influence by the English and conflicted over both land and religious liberties. Also, as individuals emigrated from England to the Americas, challenging liberties concerning economic and societal structure began to surface. Furthermore, by delving deeper into the tensions that accompany freedom, insights involving the reasoning behind English impact arise.
When analyzing the English settlement patterns in the Americas, Native Americans were challenged religiously and by the liberty of their land. For
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For instance, the role of women was a missing essential in colonial Virginia during 1622. Tobacco was considered Virginia’s substitute for gold and potentially its largest financial profits (Give Me Liberty, p. 61). However, the conditions of this industry were harsh and both death rates and labor demand ran high, leaving the colony of mostly widows, orphans, and single men (Give Me Liberty, p. 61). Lacking a complete English social structure, women were considerably outnumbered in the Chesapeake, for it was mostly men maintaining the tobacco fields. The Virginia Colony insisted on the shipment of maidens from England to the Virginia. However, they implied that women marry only free and independent colonists who were to provide in payment for their wives in 120 lbs. of fine leaf tobacco (Voices of Freedom, Sending Women to Virginia, p. 26). Consider the excerpt from the document Sending Women to Virginia, “There are near fifty more which are shortly to come, are sent by our most honorable Lord and Treasurer the Earl of Southhampton and certain worthy gentlemen, who taking into their consideration that the Plantation can never flourish till the families be planted and the respect of wives and children fix the people on the soil,” (Voices of Freedom, Sending Women to Virginia, p.26). The quote implies that the role of women is a key component to the growth of …show more content…
During early colonial New England 1645, settlers were mostly protestant and believed that the Church of England obtained too many characteristics those of Catholicism. In comparison to civil authority derived from God. Puritans viewed their system of society as representative, for in a court of law they represented themselves. Therefore, believing in people have the right to their own representation. Consider the excerpt from the Voices of Freedom document John Winthrop, Speech to the Massachusetts General Court, “This liberty is maintained and exercised in a way to subjection to authority; it is the same kind of liberty wherewith Christ made us free. The woman’s own choice makes such a man her husband; yet being so chosen, he is her lord, and she is to be subject to him yet in a way of liberty, not of bondage; a true wife accounts to her honor and freedom, and would not think her condition safe and free, but in her subjection to her husband’s authority. Such is the liberty of the church under the authority of Christ, her king and husband;”. Winthrop compares the quality of liberty under Puritan authority with marriage. Winthrop discusses how wives are subjects to their husbands and must submit to their authority. He claims it's a husband's responsibility to keep their wife safe. Consequently, if she does not abide to her husband's advice and guidance she may fall to

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