proprietary

proprietary colony

Type of settlement in British North America (1660–90). To repay political and financial debts, the British crown, beginning with Charles II, awarded supporters vast tracts of land in colonial New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and the Carolinas. The proprietors were to supervise and develop the colonies, which became successful enterprises. By 1690 concern about the colonies' growing independence from control by British officials led to the end of proprietary grants.

Learn more about proprietary colony with a free trial on Britannica.com.

The word proprietary indicates that a party, or proprietor, exercises private ownership, control or use over an item of property.

Terms relating to Proprietary include:

Terms including the word Proprietary include:

Search another word or see proprietaryon Dictionary | Thesaurus |Spanish
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature