Each of the thirteen colonies had an agreement between the colony and the King of England or Parliament which gave the King direct rule over the colony. Legislature was elected by property holding males.
Different Social Classes
The Navigation Act of 1651, aimed primarily at the Dutch, required all trade between England and the colonies to be carried in English or colonial vessels, resulting in the Anglo-Dutch War in 1652.
Men were able to vote, buy land, and represent the family. Women took care of the home by cooking, cleaning, sewing, and taking care of the kids. Girls helped their mothers at home and the boys went to school.
The highest class was the gentry, they could vote and were rich enough to own mansions. Below the gentry was the middle class they were able to own property and work at skilled jobs. Some of the poor were farmers who had help from their family.
Indentured servants were people brought over from Britain as laborers. Many of these people agreed to work for seven years in return for their passage to the Americas. Others were in debt or were criminals and were forced to work as indentured servants to pay for their debts or crimes.
Puritan children went to dame school based on the bible. In the middle colonies boys went to school to learn trades and upper class boys were able to study more subjects. Girls were mostly tutored at home in household chores.