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How did English policy toward the colonies change from 1650-1720?

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During the time period that you are asking about, English policy towards the colonies first became more intrusive and coherent and then fell back towards an era of “salutary neglect.”

1650 can be selected as a starting point in part because this was the year after Oliver Cromwell took power in England after the English Civil War.  With regard to the colonies, Cromwell’s main desire was that they should be...

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