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What are royal colonies?

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Royal Colonies were established in North America by

England, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden over the course of the

seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The colonies were controlled

by the king of the sovereign nation, who named a governor to each

colony and, in English colonies, a council to assist him. The Crown

was also responsible for appointing colonial judges, usually for

life, though by 1760 they could be removed from office at will. The

Crown controlled all http://www.answers.com/topic/unsold public

lands, and the royal governor retained the power to

http://www.answers.com/topic/disperse those lands. As a

representative of the Crown in the colonies, the governor-who also

could be removed at will by the king-and the council derived their

authority from two key documents, the colonial commission and the

set of royal instructions.

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