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charter colony

noun, American History
1.
a colony, as Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, chartered to an individual, trading company, etc., by the British crown.
Compare royal colony (def 2).
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70
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British Dictionary definitions for charter colony

charter colony

noun
1.
(US, history) a colony, such as Virginia or Massachusetts, created by royal charter under the control of an individual, trading company, etc, and exempt from interference by the Crown
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Contemporary definitions for charter colony
noun

in US history, a colony started by an individual trading company which had a Royal Charter with the British crown

Examples

Virginia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island were all charter colonies.

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