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The Progression of America Since the colonial period the concept of American Exceptionalism has evolved and shaped the United States into what is become today Unfortunately it was through extreme trends of exceptionalism that our country has learned the most from and later were responsible for making the US the great nation it is today Various institutions established in our countrys past show strong ambition on the part of the nations leaders but also speak volumes for the sense of superiority held by settlers In 1606 The First Charter of Virginia was initiated It was the legal document allowing the Virginia Company to set up Jamestown The charter allowed new Jamestown inhabitants to claim any land as long as it was not possessed by any Christian Prince or People 1 indicating no recognition of any land previously inhabited by Native Americans This also indicates the Indians were regarded by the Europeans as being savage and non-Christian and therefore had no rights This we are better than them attitude was a common display by the new settlers toward anyone other than themselves Following the Jamestown settlers the Pilgrims fled to the Americas in 1620 to separate from the Church of England Prior to landing off the coast of Cape Cod they developed the Mayflower Compact an abbreviated version of a constitution which was the first form of organized self government set-up in America The Pilgrims took every step possible to ensure the success of their Holy mission The compact states that having undertaken for the Glory of God and advancement of Christian faith and the honor of our King and countryfor our better ordering and preservation2 displaying their belief that their mission was supported by God and their King which instilled in the Pilgrims a sense of righteousness and exceptionalism John Winthrop of the Massachusetts Bay Colony comprised A Model of Christian Charity in 1630 to inspire and encourage his followers to behave accordingly
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