AP US History Chapter 2 Questions 1) How were the Caribbean colonies significant in the British-American colonial system? With its close ties to English North America from the beginning and influence on the development of the mainland colonies in several ways, the Caribbean colonies became a major economic source for the British-American colonial system. Sugar became the major product of the islands, and soon enough the demanding work needed to tend to the crop developed into the utilization of manual labor through enslaved Africans. This would later affect the widespread use of African slaves in America until the time of the Civil War. 2) How did the Glorious Revolution impact the development of the BritishAmerican colonies? When James II fled England in response to the small army brought into England by William of Orange and his own daughter, Mary, a period would soon begin in England known as “the Glorious Revolution.” As William and Mary became joint rulers, Bostonians celebrated, as well as worked to abolish the Dominion of New England and restore separate colonial governments. They later combined Massachusetts and Plymouth to make it a royal colony, and the new charter gave the crown the right to appoint governor as well as replaced church membership with property ownership, because the basis for voting and officeholding required the Puritan leaders of the colony to tolerate Anglican worship. It also helped start the earliest ideas of American independence from Britain. 3) What were conditions like in Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony? From the its founding around 1629 until the end of the Dominion of New England in about 1688, life in Puritan Massachusetts Bay Colony was, for the most part, very subjugated by those in England. In 1679, the colony was stripped of its authority over New Hampshire by Charles II and was chartered as a separate, royal colony whose governor would be appointed by him. In 1686, the brother of Charles II, James II, created a single Dominion of New England, combining the government of Massachusetts with the rest of the New England colonies and even New York and New Jersey, too. He then appointed a single governor, Sir Edmund Andros, to supervise all of Boston, in what would soon become a harsh and suppressive rule. Due to this, the colonists became more than willing to remove such a rule from power, as did happen after Britain’s “Glorious Revolution.” 4) How did the Navigation Acts and the Dominion of New England plant the earliest seeds of the American Revolution? As the enforcement of the Navigation Acts and the Dominion of New England became powerful decrees in the colonies, many of the colonists developed rebellious feelings towards the nation of Great Britain. With such a control over the colony, the British ruled Massachusetts with an iron fist. Soon enough, the settlers’ detestation of this rule would lead them to overthrow governor Andros and establish their own type of government in the bay colony. What the Glorious Revolution sparked was a new colonial opposition to subjugation, and more specifically, that of England. Were it not for such an event, life in Massachusetts, and all of America for that matter, may still be under a suppressed rule by Britain, or even other nations.