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Question: Describe the social pressures that contributed to English colonization of North America.

04 Oct 2022,12:38 AM


The graduate analyzes the colonial experience and the foundations of the American Revolution.


During the seventeenth century, Great Britain established thirteen colonies along the Atlantic coast of the North American continent. Though they were united by their connection to English society and the British government, each colony had a very different experience in the New World: the settlers who established the colonies brought with them different motivations and expectations, and the unique geographic characteristics of each colony shaped the development of those colonial societies. After more than a century of colonial rule, the ties that united the colonies to their home country frayed. In the decades following the Seven Years’ War, the colonial relationship degenerated into a series of provocations and counter-provocations over the future of North America. The Revolutionary War transformed the American colonies into the United States, and brought tremendous changes to the political and social institutions of the new country.


In this assessment, you will examine the motivations for English colonization and the organization and government of several English colonies. You will also consider the causes of the American Revolution and describe its effects on the population of the new United States.


Your submission must be your original work. No more than a combined total of 30% of the submission and no more than a 10% match to any one individual source can be directly quoted or closely paraphrased from sources, even if cited correctly. An originality report is provided when you submit your task that can be used as a guide. 


You must use the rubric to direct the creation of your submission because it provides detailed criteria that will be used to evaluate your work. Each requirement below may be evaluated by more than one rubric aspect. The rubric aspect titles may contain hyperlinks to relevant portions of the course. 


  1. Explain the reasons for English colonization (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs) by doing the following:
  2. Discuss the political motivations for English imperialism.
  3. Describe the social pressures that contributed to English colonization of North America.
  4. Describe the economic systems (e.g., labor relationships, trade networks, major cash crops), social characteristics (e.g., religious beliefs, family structures, cultural practices, class systems), and political systems (e.g., types of representation, major governmental bodies, significant political figures) of the following colonies using the attached "English Colonies in America Table," or similar document:
  • Massachusetts Bay
  • Virginia
  • The Carolinas


Note: You may include a short paragraph in each cell or a thorough bulleted list with significant key terms. 


  1. Explain the major ideas and events (i.e., Enlightenment philosophies, colonial conflicts, imperial regulations, acts of rebellion) that led to the American Revolution (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs). 
  2. Describe how each of the following groups were affected by the political and/or social changes that followed the American Revolution (suggested length of 2–3 paragraphs):
  • Native Americans
  • African Americans
  • women


  1. Provide acknowledgement of source information, using in-text citations and references, for quoted, paraphrased, or summarized content.
  2. Include the following information when providing source references:
  •  author
  •  date
  •  title
  •  location of information (e.g., publisher, journal, or website URL)

Expert answer


There were a number of social pressures that contributed to the English colonization of North America. One was the desire for religious freedom. Many English people were dissatisfied with the Church of England and wanted to practice their own religion. Another pressure was economic. The English economy was not doing well in the late 1500s and early 1600s, and many people hoped to find better opportunities in America. Finally, there was the pressure of overpopulation. England had a growing population but limited resources, so some people saw America as a way to escape the crowded conditions at home.

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