proprietary colony


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proprietary colony

n.
Any of certain early North American colonies, such as Carolina and Pennsylvania, organized in the 1600s in territories granted by the English Crown to one or more proprietors who had full governing rights.
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proprietary colony

n
(Historical Terms) history US any of various colonies, granted by the Crown in the 17th century to a person or group of people with full governing rights
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Noun1.proprietary colony - a colony given to a proprietor to govern (in 17th century)
colony, settlement - a body of people who settle far from home but maintain ties with their homeland; inhabitants remain nationals of their home state but are not literally under the home state's system of government; "the American colony in Paris"
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From the beginning, the proprietary colony of North Carolina was riven by competing factions that made it difficult to govern, as typified by the 1711 rebellion of Thomas Cary.
The paradoxical outcome was that "the political culture of the newly independent democratic state was less accessible than that of the oligarchic proprietary colony." (143)