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Democracy Democracy vs.Autocracy The Original Thirteen Colonies The Declaration of Independence, Part I The Declaration of Independence, Part II The Articles of Confederation

The Original Thirteen Colonies

During America's first 150 years, most of the settlers came from Great Britain. Along America's Atlantic coast, these colonists built settlements that became what are commonly called the "Original Thirteen Colonies."

The British settlers lived under the rule of the King of England. They worked hard building homes, farms and towns, even though they did not own these places. The settlers worked so hard that they wanted to be involved in making decisions about their lives and property.

The British knew that the colonists wanted independence. But the British, instead, tried to take more control of the colonists. By the mid-1770s, King George III and the British government taxed everyday goods, such as tea. Colonists resented the imposition of these revenue measures for the Crown and objected to British interference with their commercial practices.

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Anne Hutchinson was a famous woman at the time when colonies in the New England area were being created. She was known for expressing her opinions and saying that God spoke to her. She didn't found the colony of Maine because Maine wasn't even one of the original thirteen colonies and she definitely wasn't friends with Pocahontas or a government official. Anne Hutchinson was a woman who discussed and often questioned the teachings of the minister by voicing her persuasive opinion. She was later ordered out of the colony when she told the court that she thought God had spoken to her.

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