Learning Objective III:
Discuss the early settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and demonstrate your understanding of how this colony was a prime example of salutary neglect
Dominion of New England1686-1689
- Most important , the Dominion was designed to promote urgently needed efficiency in the administration of the English Navigation Acts. The Navigation Acts sought to stitch the colonies more tightly to the mother country and to cut off American trade with countries not ruled by the English Crown.
- The Dominion was also an attempt to lighten the cost of Administration and generally tighten the overall control of the colonies.
- Finally the Dominion was aimed at bolstering colonial defense in the event of war with the Native Americans and the French in Canada.
Sir Edmund AndrosGovernor of the Dominion of New England 1686-1689
The rise and fall of the Dominion marks a turning point in American history. Success would have led to the unification of the colonies under two separate governors; if successful, the rest of the colonies would have been combined into a Southern Dominion and the reduction of colonial self-government would have taken place. Also, if successful, there would have been no colonies to become states after the American Revolutionary War and, possibly, no American Revolution .