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The thirteen British colonies in what is now the United States met the people's need for government by having both local and colony-wide governments. These governments tried, for the most part, to protect the people and their rights.
The typical colony had governments for its various towns. These town governments were generally elected by the people. Above the town governments (often called "town meetings") were the colonial governments. These generally consisted of a governor (appointed by the British government) and a bicameral legislature. The upper house of the legislature was typically appointed while the lower house was elected by the people.
Of course, different colonial governments did better or worse in terms of meeting their people's needs. Overall, though, people were generally content with their governments until after the French and Indian War.
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