In a hundred years, from the mid-seventeenth to the mid-eighteenth century, England imposed order on an empire. At the same time, the dependencies sensed their autonomy and freedom from Britain; and disdained hierarchy and titles. Although liberty and equality did not themselves always go together in America, each went against the grain of English ideas. In creating an imperial system, the Mother Country helped its New World possessions to define themselves as different from England. When this viewpoint grew hostile to Britain, the English found that making safe the Empire also put their rule at risk.
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