charter-colony

charter colony

noun American History.
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:
1760–70

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charter colony
 
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(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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