http://www.ushistory.org/gov/2a.asp

The colonies had been practicing limited forms of self-government since the early 1600s. ... The first colonial legislature was the Virginia House of Burgesses, ... a powerful precedent of making their own rules that later reflected itself in the town  ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colonial_government_in_the_Thirteen_Colonies

Colonial government in the Thirteen Colonies of North America shared many attributes. ... Diplomatic affairs were handled by London, as were some trade policies. The colonies generally ... The usual first act of a new royal governor was to re-appoint or continue the council members in their offices. When there was an  ...

https://www.usahistory.info/colonial/government.html

So variable were the forms of colonial government that but two colonies ... Massachusetts was the first to fall a victim to this new policy, losing its charter in 1684.

http://www.history.org/Foundation/journal/Spring09/policies.cfm

In the first attempt at such a policy, the Proclamation of 1763, George III decreed: ... This pattern—with the central government working to restrict westward ...

https://www.landofthebrave.info/american-history-of-colonial-government-and-congress.htm

A comprehensive illustrated guide to the History of Government in the Colonies. Containing fast access to articles containing facts and information about early ...

https://www.landofthebrave.info/colonial-government.htm

History of the first 13 Colonies, Colonial Government and Congress ... He had command of the militia so was able to enforce Colonial Government policies.

http://www.let.rug.nl/usa/outlines/history-1994/the-colonial-period/emergence-of-colonial-government.php

In all phases of colonial development, a striking feature was the lack of controlling ... for political liberty -- incorporated concepts of freedom into Virginia's first charter. ... Commonwealth and Protectorate to pursue an effective colonial policy.

https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-ushistory/chapter/self-government-in-the-colonies/

Early colonists in Plymouth colony thought they should be able to govern ... in which the settlers consented to follow the compact's rules for the sake of survival.

https://historyofmassachusetts.org/13-colonies-revolutionary-war/

Dec 12, 2017 ... Royal colonies were governed directly by the British government through a ... This was due to what is now known as the policy of Salutary Neglect, ... Neglect was in place for many decades, from the early to mid 1700s, until ...

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supervise and govern, usually in return for political or financial favors. These colonial ... The first legislature anywhere in the English colonies in America.