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The Enlightenment's influence on the New England colonists was huge. Many of the new settlers used the ideas from the Enlightenment and applied it to their lives. For example, John Locke argued that people shouldn't need to be governed by one monarch. He figured that people should govern themselves. This idea and many others eventually serve to shape a new identity for New England.


The Northern Maritime Economy was trouble for a lot of the colonists. While there was some extremely rich people, the middle class often had to work harder than they should have to make a fair income. Periods of depressed trade meant that everyone was in economic danger. The lower class often had to turn to thievery or prositution just to make ends meet. Lastly, the slave-based economy and cycles of imperial warfare brought a lot of uncertainty to the colonists.

Salutary Neglect played a big role in the opinions of the New England settlers. Basically, England decided that they weren't going to enforce any of their parliament's rules on the colonists. With their newly found freedom, the colonists started feeling less and less connected to England. They were nearly governing themselves for awhile. Of course, after the Seven Years War, all of this changes, which in turn upsets the colonists.

Salutary Neglect

Northern Maritime Economy

The Great Awakening affected the New England colonists in one extremely important way: it gave the colonists a sense of identity and cutural uniqueness. On top of this, the religious ideas of the time helped the colonists connect to one another. People started to make more sacrifices for others. They started to be more tolerant of different religious as well. If anything, the Greak Awakening helped show the colonists that they were completely different from the British.

Great Awakening

Conclusion The colonists were probably not exactly proud of being part of the British Empire. The Enlightenment, Great Awakening, and salutary neglect only served to seperate the colonists from the British. The Northern Maritime Economy made many colonists worried. Plus, the British mistreated the colonists through various acts and taxations (e.g. the Molasses Act and the Stamp Act). It's no wonder that the colonists soon decide to declare independence.


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