Salutary Neglect Case Study

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18. Analyze how the concept of salutary neglect created a situation that allowed British Colonists to develop their own governments and discuss how those governments functioned. Confine your answer to 1607 to 1754.
Amisa Jiwani
Colonial America started to evolve in the years from 1607 to 1754. British Colonists followed and adapted more to policies, such as salutary neglect. In the years between 1607 and 1754, the use of salutary neglect, a British Policy that that prevented the use of England’s laws for the colonies in order to maintain the obedience from the colonies to England, contributed to the foundations of the British Colonists’ own government by giving the population the same rights as the British, through mercantilism, and through
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Colonists in Jamestown were also guaranteed lawmaking rights, so they started an assembly to agree on and create laws. As explained by Newman and Schmalbach,“Virginia’s colonists organized the first representative assembly in America, the House of Brugesses,” proving that that they were able to make decisions on their own (27). By being given the same rights as the British, the colonists maintained their loyalty to England because they were treated as equals even though they were not. As the concept of salutary neglect was put into play, the governments of each colony progressed through the input of the colonists. In 1620, pilgrims aboard the Mayflower signed a document called the Mayflower Compact. The Mayflower compact stated that all decisions would be made together as a whole, and it also set apart the differences between the people. Two historians explain that, “The compact was drafted to prevent dissent amongst Puritans and non-separatist Pilgrims who had landed at Plymouth a few days earlier” (Foner, Garraty). Hence, …show more content…
The concept of salutary neglect left the colonists to self govern with little involvement from the England because the British colonists refused their laws. As the colonies became used to the idea of ruling themselves, they began to want freedom from their motherland, “There were small instances of Parliament 's control that bothered the colonists, such as the Currency Acts of 1751 and 1764” (Pavao). The success of the American Revolution lived on to inspire other revolutions as well, such as, the French Revolution and the Haitian Revolution that were fought to gain independence. The concept of salutary neglect is similar to the concept of laissez faire. Laissez faire is a “policy of minimum governmental interference in the economic affairs of individuals and society” (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica). Both, salutary neglect and laissez faire stress how little involvement from authority figures can result in loyalty and higher accomplishments. Although the British colonists rejected England’s laws through salutary neglect, they continued to remain loyal to England as they formed a strong government through equality to an extent, mercantilism, and the rise of

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