The Jamestown colonists set a political precedent by: a. creating a judicial system.   b. instituting a direct democracy.   c. instituting a representative assembly.   d. allowing the governor to use a line-item veto.  

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One of the first examples of the democratic tradition in the Americas came in Virginia in 1619. It was at this time that the Virginia legislature, the General Assembly, became bicameral through the creation of the House of Burgesses. The House of Burgesses was the part of the Virginia legislature that was democratically elected. There were, however, still many limitations on who could vote for these democratically elected representatives. In fact, only white men who owned property were eligible to vote in elections of Burgesses. However, the creation of the House of Burgesses is still considered an important step in the democratic tradition that began in the colonies.

It is also important to note that while this is a democratic system, it was done through representatives. In a direct democracy, as brought up by choice B, citizens would vote on issues themselves, instead of voting for elected officials to represent them—this is not the case here. It is for these reasons that the correct answer to your question is C.

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The answer is C.

In 1619, the first general assembly was created in British America. This was an early version of the representative government that would later develop and which we know today.

The settlers at Jamestown wanted a voice in their government, and believed that they should have some input in the laws that were created to govern the colony. After the Virginia Company was dissolved by James I in 1624 (just a year before his death), Virginia became a royal colony. It was also the seat of Virginia's social and political life until 1699 when the capital was moved to Williamsburg.

Direct democracy was impractical in the colony for logistic reasons.

The judicial system was not created until the eighteenth century during the Constitutional conventions. The judicial system would be created as one of the three branches of government, all separate and intended to check and balance one another.

Finally, the line-item veto did not become an official executive power until the Clinton presidency. The Line Item Veto Act was passed in 1996.

 

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