With Andros gone and the Dominion government in shambles, the colonists are forced to plot a new and uncertain path forward.
A reading of The Declaration of the Gentlemen, Merchants, and Inhabitants of Boston, and the Country Adjacent.
After years of frustration under Edmund Andros, the colonists in Boston decide that the time is ripe to take things in a different direction.
With England falling headlong into the Glorious Revolution, New England begins to feel the convulsions from across the Atlantic.
Our look at the Dominion of New England expands beyond Massachusetts as we take a tour of the other colonies that made up the Dominion. Then we head back to England where James II begins to see his grip on power slip.
More than anything in New England, religion reigned supreme. However, with the fall of the New England colonies and the formation of the Dominion of New England religious changes would be ushered in. For a colony that has such foundational ties with Puritanism, these changes are going to widely despised and resisted by the colonists.
With the old charter gone a new day had begun in New England. This week we explore the changes made in the new Dominion of New England. These changes were absolutely despised by the colonists who, in short order, came to equally loathe the new governor of the Dominion of New England, Edmund Andros.
After years of tension, the end would finally come for the Massachusetts Bay Company. With the King desperate to reassert royal prerogative he would push forward to cancel to Bay Company charter and usher in a new era of government in New England.
As Massachusetts continues to defy the crown, a situation developed in London that is once again going to turn the attention away from Massachusetts and place the focus on a religious question in England itself. This crisis will, in time, lead to serious repercussions back in New England.
London is finally forced to take a long hard look at their recalcitrant colonies in New England in the aftermath of King Philip’s war. A commission is sent over to get a sense of the overall problem, while the King begins to explore ways to bring Massachusetts and the rest of the region back into line with royal prerogative.