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What Does The System Of Representative Government The Mayflower Compact And House Of Burgesses Have In Common?

The Mayflower Compact and the House of Burgesses set the stage for American democracy.
The House of Burgesses was the first assembly of representatives. It handled stuff like taxes and laws. The governor still had to approve all laws so that royalty wouldn’t lose all the power.
The Mayflower Compact was the first democratic document in the New World. It set up a “civil body politic” and pledged the good of the whole over the individual. Rosseau called it a “social contract” where a group of people give up certain rights so that other rights can be protected.
The house of Burgesses limited royal authority and increased citizen participation in the colonial government. The experimental democracy became the living example of how to create a democratic government for the United States. It seems that it became a model for other English colonies to follow. Such as the Southern Colonies and those would be Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

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