What are royal colonies?
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.