U.S. history

Mayflower Compact

A legal contract in which they agreed to have fair laws to protect the general good of the colony

religous tolerance

Willingness to let others practice their own beliefs

town meeting

meeting in colonial New England where settlers discussed and voted on issues

Proprietary Colony

English colony in which the king gave land to proprietors in exchange for a yearly payment

Royal Colony

A colony under the direct control of the English king or queen

Cash crop

Crops that were sold for money on the market and not consumed by the farmer's family


a regular or average person

Act of Toleration

Maryland law that provided religious freedom for all Christians


people who owed money they could not pay back

Slave Codes

Laws that controlled the lives of enslaved African Americans and denied them basic rights.


Belief that one racial group is superior to another


living accommodations