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Question 1: Elaborate on either the Enlightenment or the Great Awakening. How did the movement impact the ideological development of the colonies?

Question 2: Explain the purpose of the Proclamation of 1763. Was the proclamation effective? Why or why not? How did colonials, natives, and the British react to both the Proclamation and its effects?

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The solution is a 2-part narrative that discusses the impact of the Enlightenment in the intellectual and ideological development in the colonies and also goes into a discussion of the Proclamation of 1763 - assessing is effectiveness in relation to the reaction of the colonials, the natives and the British. References are listed for the purpose of expansion on the topic.

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The Enlightenment in Colonial America

The Enlightenment was an intellectual movement that began and took grip in Europe - in its academic halls, in the discourse among the learned and the thinkers. Basically, it marked a shift in thinking. Whereas prior to it religion was used to establish knowledge, during the enlightenment - observation, facts weighed by reason determined what is established as accepted knowledge. The Enlightenment, historians argue began with Rene Descartes' publication of 'Cogitatio' where he declared 'cogito ergo sum' - I think therefore I am. This argues that we are who we are because of our minds and it is our cognition, our thinking that allows us to be, to understand and interact with our world. It flourished well into the 18th and early 19th century and via this Age, science and the scientific method was established leading to the establishment of the scientific process as a means to create knowledge, establish knowledge and discover and understand our world. The Enlightenment led to explorations of philosophy, of the sciences both social and natural and many other avenues of thinking, of knowledge and of the ...

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