Representative Government in the 13 Colonies
A representative government is when the citizens of a state or nation elect a person, or representative, to represent the views of those who put them in charge. This system is usually used due to the common man needing to work and not being able to vote on every political act as they occur. When the 13 colonies of the New World were established they set up a representative government because they wanted a system of checks and balances. If their representatives did not meet the interests of the people they could be voted out of office. This system allowed the colonists to have their will affect the colonies, without having to be directly involved with the politics of the colonies.