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The English French and Spanish colonies were all exceedingly similar in their basic structure Each colony had its own rationale of why they came to the New World Because of each colonies goals they thrived in their own way One way in which the colonies were similar was that they each had their own form of government The English believed they were the most prosperous colony and they experimented with many different techniques to manage their colonies For example The English governed their settlement of Jamestown by using the Magna Carta The Magna Carta is a contract which Nobles wrote The document takes power from the king King John and gives it to the people of the colony Though the Magna Carta had many rules it let the people within the colony govern themselves more independently In addition Jamestown governed with a governor The English also used Mercantilism meaning that the government and merchants based in England became partners with the goal of increasing political power and private funds on its own colonies The Spanish colonies used a technique called encomienda where favored officers became wealthy landowners who were expected to protect and care for Indian villages and support missionary priestsfrennncchhhhhAlthough the colonies were governed differently you can still see similarities Most of the colonies came to the new world seeking religion gold and glory The English came to the new world mainly because they wanted religious freedom For example The Quakers and puritans were some of the religious groups that came for religious freedom The Englishs motto was that they would take what they wanted from the land and if they had a problem with the Indians they would just kill them The Spanish main goal of their colony was sending missionaries into Indian territories to try to convert the native Indians into Christians The French came to the New World because they were seeking wealth and seeking a route to the Pacific Ocean
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