How did the Glorious Revolution lead to an expansion of Britain's police of "salutary neglect" towards its American colonies?

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dbello | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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The English Bill of rights 1689 was ratified during The Glorious Revolution. Its purpose was to limit the British monarchy which would increase the power of the Parliament. Interestingly, although the Parliament did gained power, the civil strife within the country caused it it to ignore much of its political and economic mercantile policies with the British colonies. As a result prior to the French and Indian War, the colonies experienced a tremendous amount of economic and political independence. This combined with the great distance between England and the colonies led to Britain's 'salutory neglect'. It would be this 'neglect' that ultimately led to the birth of the  American colonial mindset which would lead the colonies towards independence.

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The Glorious Revolution helped to lead to an expansion of salutary neglect because it inspired American colonists to resist attempts at royal control in the same way that Parliament resisted James II.  This eventually led the British government to be less aggressive in enforcing its laws on the colonies.

One major example of this can be seen in the destruction of the "Dominion of New England" following the Glorious Revolution.  The Dominion had been created in 1686 to tie the colonies more closely to Great Britain.  When news of the Glorious Revolution reached America, colonists rebelled and forced the governor of the Dominion to flee.

This did not lead to an end to royal rule in the colonies.  In fact, royal governors continued to rule most of the colonies, including Massachusetts.  However, the protests against royal rule helped to influence the British government to enforce the Navigation Acts in a very weak way.

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