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Anglicization is a term used by historians to describe the process of colonists becoming like the English. In the eighteenth century, many colonists sought to imitate the British in many ways, adopting their fashion and architecture. They celebrated British culture, writers, and leaders. Some historians argue that colonists' purchasing habits -- their interest in and enthusiasm for British goods -- contributed significantly to anglicization. Such scholars also believe that the process of anglicization helped to unify colonists who had very different backgrounds.