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In the year 1607 the first permanent English colony called Virginia was established in America In the years to follow Britain established several more colonies in the area As these provinces became more and more developed they became concerned about the systems of power that governed them Prior to the American Revolution colonists tried to experiment with the idea of self-rule because of the lack of British political presence and conflicting views on religion between the colonists and the English Prior to the institution of the Navigation Acts in 1651 British political presence in the colonies was almost non-existent Because of this the colonists began to develop ideas on forms of government and laws One of the first examples of this self-rule in the colonies was the Massachusetts Declaration of Liberties written in 1661 The purpose of this document was to show that the laws of England didnt apply in America One of the statements made in this declaration stated The Gouvernor Deputy Gouvenor Assistants and select representatives or deputies have full power and authoritie both legislative and executive for the gouvernment of all the peoples here Commager 34 This statement was basically saying that Parliament and the king had no right or ability to tax or enforce laws upon the people residing in the colonies Another document from the 1600s showing the lack of English political presence and the abundance of American political presence was Concessions to the Province of Pennsylvania written in 1681 by William Penn Unlike the Massachusetts Declaration of Liberties this document did not state what power England had in America but instead spoke about Native Americans and the division of law Concessions to the Province of Pennsylvania showed a significant amount of self-rule because it placed laws on division care and sale of property and put regulations on Indians If England would have had a considerable amount of say as to the politics of American colonies it
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