•Individuals and groups who wanted to
establish a colony in British North America had to get permission – a charter – a legal document issued by the king or queen.
•Earliest colonies in New England, and
started by trading
companies – their
colonists a great deal of self-government.
•Most of southern and middle-Atlantic colonies
to individuals – friends or relatives of king – were called proprietors – organized their colonies as they wished – were limited only by
terms of charters, obligations to king.