Many settlers were dissenting Christian groups who came seeking religious freedom.
The continent's first elected legislative assembly, Virginia's House of Burgesses created in 1619, and the Mayflower Compact, signed by the Pilgrims before disembarking, established precedents for the pattern of representative self-government and constitutionalism that would develop throughout the American colonies.
European missionaries and others felt it was important to "civilize" the Native Americans and urged them to adopt European agricultural techniques and lifestyles.
S.) or America, is a constitutional federal republic composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions.
The United States of America, commonly referred to as the United States (U.
Cities eventually dotted the coast to support local economies and serve as trade hubs.
English colonists were supplemented by waves of Scotch-Irish and other groups.
Charles Nguyen (Poreotics) and Chris Trondsen interview Tamara "Cherry" Rapp (member of 8 Flavahz) backstage before the taping of America's Best Dance Crew's Rihanna Challenge.