The process through which the inception of the American
The process through which the inception of the American colonies transpired evidently affirms that the colonies were an extension of Great Britain to a great extent, one in which the colonizers would covenant to abide by the jurisdiction of their homeland through a newly formed self-governing body. The opposition suggests that the colonies were not created as the derivative of the British Empire and that they were not a direct extension due to the vast separation in physical proximity which would allow for them to establish a novel government that parts from the traditional rule of the Empire. Perhaps one of the most perceptible gestures of the colonies to assert that they were a direct affiliate of Britain would be the establishment of their own government which directly correlates with jurisdiction in Britain itself. The American colonies collectively were certainly a carbon copy of Great Britain given that their inhabitants consisted almost entirely of British colonizers who wished to extend the power and outreach of the Empire. Had the colonies not been a direct extension of Britain itself, the British government would not be able to exercise any control over the economy and society of the colonies, and such is quite blatantly not true.
Although the settlers were voluntarily immigrating to the colonies, they still conducted themselves in the same manner as an Englishman. The Mayflower vessel was responsible for transporting an abundance of eager and patriotic Englishmen to America in order to assert and extend British dominance and rule to new regions. The Mayflower Compact stated that these settlers would continue to be loyal to King James and aspired to create the first colony in this new territory to expand the amount of land that belonged to Great Britain (Mayflower Compact 1620). William Bradford, the author of the Mayflower Compact, acknowledged that Virginia was established as one of England’s colonies rather than a new country all on its own. There wasn’t a moment in time where he thought about going against their ruler, confirming that even the immigrants believed that they were still greatly a part of Britain. The Pilgrims lacked a clear declaration to create a government that operated in a different fashion than what was present in their homeland. Over the course of time King James I had exercised his ability to control the American settlers and revoked the charter that was granted to the Virginia Company, the colony in which the pilgrims resided. This harsh and stern demeanor alludes to Britain’s historical rath and savage like behavior. The Empire consistently booted out individuals in their territory that weren’t from their country. The Pilgrims at Plymouth evidently displayed the same ideology when they built homes and commanded the Indians to follow a treaty even though they didn’t specifically ask anybody for liberty (William Apes 1636). William Apes’ perspective is meaningful as he was an eyewitness to the constant attacks launched by the English settlers. They chose to live in a preoccupied area and exerted their dominance to eventually forcibly remove a multitude of tribes from their homeland.
Since the colonies were extremely successful, Britain took great pride in their successes and continued to have a strong political and economic influence. Many people back in their motherland had great honor over how successful their American colonies were and were under the impression that it would further their sovereignty over the world. An English magazine written in 1755 claimed that America was the “Fountain of their Riches” and the English were the “first and only Europeans who settled Virginia” (British North America in 1755). It’s quite palpable that this author was among one of the many Englishmen that saw America as simply an extension of their homeland that was beginning to rise with opportunity as England slowly became overpopulated. As a result of the connection to their homeland, the American colonies introduced slavery to assist them grow crops on a larger scale as cheap labor was seen as a necessary aspect to further develop the economy. There was an advertisement in South Carolina that said that there were hundreds of slaves coming or sale, further ensuring that slave trading was accepted as a part of the economy (South Carolina Advertisement for Slaves). It quickly became widely used as slaves made up a significant amount of their population.
The opposition may argue that these colonists were outcasts in their home country and chose to move to the colonies to live their lives in a new manner, although this was bound to happen as England became overpopulated. An article published by a French American colonist stated that the colonies consisted of “new laws, a new mode of living, a new social system” and that these qualities of life rejuvenated them (Letters from an American Farmer). This article clearly leaves out the fact that the colonies were still administered by the British government as they operated in accordance with the charters granted to them and had multiple governors appointed by Britain. The opposers may also argue that the colonies were more ethnically mixed than other countries at the time when looking at Document B. It may appear so at first glance, but in reality the Englishmen still made up a large majority of the population, a significant portion was made up of African slaves, and the remainder was made up of a mixture of individuals from other European nations as they used to have control over these areas of North America prior to Great Britain.
The way in which the inception of the American colonies transpired clearly provides evidence that the colonies were an extension of Great Britain to a great extent. The governing body was very similar to that of England itself, including plentiful governors appointed directly by Britain. The Americans never tried to form an independent government to rule themselves prior to the Indian War and heeded to what was stated by their motherland. They were also reeling in great riches and honor for British Empire, which was becoming increasingly dominant across the globe. The Englishmen living in America from 1600-1755 helped to solve the overpopulation issue in Great Britain and helped them further develop economically and politically.