Origins of Law in the North American Colonies

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Origins of Law in the North American Colonies 1584-1700 English Constitutionalism circa 1689 - Unwritten constitution - At Center – rights/liberties and obligations of Englishmen - Many Documents- MC, Bill of Rights, Case Law, etc - Common Law, precedent, Local Customs - Constitutional Monarchy w/eventual parliamentary supremacy( legislative branch) Sir Humphrey Gilbert’s Letter (1578) - Sir Gilbert was sent by Queen Elizabeth to discover lands - The letters were written by them - Settlers would retain privileges enjoyed by Englishmen - Laws must be “agreeable to the forme of the lawes” of England o Basically all people who come over to the new lands see them selves as living in a extension of England, BUT THEY WERENT! They were in a colony 3 ways to take land- Discovery Conquest Possession Legal Grants for the Colonies ] The Crown doesn’t really pay attention to whats going on in the new world, just kind of let them do their thing.
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2009 for the course HIST 382 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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