Okay, then, here's something:
Yes, the English colonists in America wanted to take part in the vision of importing a homeland to a new place. This is an imperial vision partly informed by a Virgilian narrative but also filtered, of course, through a biblical/typological view. And, at the more practical level, sure English settlers brought with them a range of English political & cultural habits. But in the very place called New England, the settlers were mostly trying something new--something that was breaking away from existing English practices exactly at the time that England itself was experiencing religious & political upheaval. (I should confess I study the English side of this 17th-century history and am not nearly as conversant with the American side). But even this narrative of partial continuity and partial rupture is too narrowly focused on New England--in the South, colonists had (very roughy speaking) a different set of reasons for settling and colonizing. And the history of "forced immigration" in the South reveals a particular way that America would be very unlike England. Even if the American plantations had practical and imaginative links to English agrarian/labor practices (and they did), the predominance and persistence of chattel slavery in America gave way to different practices as well as cultural mixing (duh: Southern food would become nothing like English food).
But even more than the question of where is the question of when--when do you imagine this mythic time when the American colonies were really a so much like England? Because things in the Americas were pretty mixed up, full of Dutch and French peoples and influences that we're still familiar with. I'm guessing that you're implicitly bracketing off some span of imagined time when, no, the Dutch had largely given up in the Northern colonies, etc.., and so America was just like England? But I'm not even inclined to be so generous as to think that there is some definition that would make your rosy view of English America make sense. Shit was mixed up here in way that's different from the way shit was mixed up in England, and no amount of mutatis mutandis is going to make your glib non-argument-by-fiat make sense.
For the sake of brevity: that Latin America tripe is just racist horseshit. Clearly, the American economic/political system collapsed when the Irish came. Or maybe the Italians. Or maybe Jewish emigrés. I mean, everything was great before that--in that mythic time when everything was great and English.
Edited by erictheobscure - 4/7/16 at 2:19pm