If you are in periods seven or eight and were absent or would like to see the Early Colonial Government PowerPoint from today, then here it is! Enjoy! The part about stock is important, but I did not write a lot about it in the PowerPoint. Joint-stock companies were used to finance the early colonies in the Americas. Private people owned shares in the company (stock) in order to fund the creation of a colony (which was incredibly expensive) so that they could profit off of it. If you are confused about this, ask me or Mr. Little.