What was life like for the Colonies and the development of Colonial America?

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I would say that Colonial life possessed some of the basic elements that would end up playing a defining role in America for years to come.  On one hand, there was a growing sense of industry.  Mercantilist philosophies that dominated England indicated that colonies must operate as cash producing elements for the parent nations.  In cultivating this, the British started to sow the seeds of discontent in the colonies because colonial life was being driven by economic opportunity and...

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