The European powers recognized that some of their influence hung on their standing in the Americas. They fought over who had what in the New World. They extended their holdings and undertook new ventures. No nation worked more actively than England in the Caribbean and along the North American coast. By the first part of the eighteenth century the English had not just sent some migrants to Jamestown and Massachusetts Bay. From present-day Maine to the West Indies, the English had a network of territories. Obligated to a Mother Country and subject to decisions made there, each colony had its own separate concerns, but also concerns across the Atlantic.
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