. Governors and assemblies

All the English colonies in America shared a tradition of representative governm nt. This means that in all of them people had a say in how they were governed. Each colony had its own government. At the head of this government was a governor, chosen in most cases by the English king. To rule efFectivclv, these governors de­pended upon the cooperation of assemblies elected by the colonists.

In most of the colonies all white males who owned some land had the right to vote. Since so many colonists owned land, this meant that far more people had the vote in America than in England itsclt-or in any other European country at this time.

Updated: 18th July 2015 — 3:17 pm