The Restoration in America
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The success of a multiform colonial restoration demonstrated the Empire reality. The Navigation Act had limited impact on the crown's colonial decisions, and proposals to annex Jamaica and New England to the crown by legislation came to nothing. For Englishmen in America, monarchical tradition had considerable pulling power. The effects of the perception on English government would profoundly alter the Restoration settlement at home and in America. In each settlement, the crown demonstrated its preference for traditional forms of colonial government and, in Virginia and Maryland, for the actual persons who had enjoyed Charles I's trust. The Restoration provided the answer, and not only for Rhode Islanders who quickly proclaimed Charles II and petitioned for his protection. The Lord Chancellor's conservative, contractual approach to government appealed to colonial elites and helped to restore royal sovereignty in America.

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Revolution and empire

English Politics and the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century



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