The politics of management
English government and the empire, 1667-1679
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The direct commissioning of royal officers, based in the colonies and charged with the duty to regulate trade, marked a potentially revolutionary change in the colonial government. There was a new imperial purposiveness best demonstrated by the English government's thirst for information. It is conceivable that by 1680 English government knew more about America. Jamaica's assembly escaped Poyning's Law, but the crown achieved many of its original aims. As Lord Treasurer Danby pointed out in 1675, parliament laid duties on inter-colonial trade not to raise revenue but better to enforce a previous trade measure, the enumeration clause of the 1660 Navigation Act. The secret Treaty of Dover between Charles and Louis XIV committed England to join France in a war against Holland, to begin in 1672. Successive American elites, for whom a contractual system of imperial government had proved ideal, had endorsed Charles I's vision of uniformity.

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Revolution and empire

English Politics and the American Colonies in the Seventeenth Century



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