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The Crown Colony System

  • John Manning Ward
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Abstract

The stormy history of self-government in the Canadas was contemporary with the development, elsewhere in the empire, of the illiberal system of Crown colony government. Unknown by that name before 1828,3 it existed in many different forms in the conquered colonies of the West Indies, Ceylon, Mauritius and the Cape and in the settled colonies of New South Wales and Tasmania. Although its beginnings were in wartime arrangements for conquered colonies, it had precedents of a kind in British imperial experience. The Quebec Act of 1774 had established a form of government that embraced every essential feature of Crown colony government.4 Similarly, other colonies had been left without representative institutions and sometimes without any local means of making laws. Georgia, Nova Scotia, Cape Breton and Grenada were all, at various times in the eighteenth century, under the rule of the Crown, legislatively as well as administratively.

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Slave Trade Representative Government Colonial Government Representative System Executive Council 
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