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Colonial America Vocabulary

jerkin A close fitting, collarless men's jacket that has no sleeves and is hip length
petticoat A woman's slip or undergarment that hangs from the shoulders or the waist. It is worn under a dress or skirt
independence Freedom from a ruler, exemption from reliance upon someone or something else
minutemen An American militia man that volunteered to be ready to fight for the country at a minute's notice
unite Come together to form a unit toward a common purpose
revolution A forcible overthrow of a social order or government in order to use a new system
Parliament A system of government in which the power to create and uphold laws is given to the parliament
export To send a commodity, service, or article to another area or the article itself
import Bringing goods, services, or articles into a country to sale or trade
enumerated articles Items that people in the English colonies were allowed to send to only England, such as sugar, tobacco, and cotton
Southern colonies Established in the 17th and 18th centuries and consisting of Virginia, Maryland, North and South Carolina, and Georgia
Northern colonies The thirteen original British colonies on the Atlantic coast of North America, the Northern colonies differed in opinions from the Southern Colonies
French and Indian War North American war between 1754 and 1763 with France and Great Britain fighting
staple crops A staple crop can be stored for use throughout the year or grown and picked fresh all year and is a basis in the diet
Triangular Trade A historical term that indicates trade among three ports, regions, or areas

 

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