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The Common Law in Colonial America: Volume II: The Middle Colonies and the Carolinas, 1660-1730

William E. Nelson


With the restoration of monarchy in 1660, English policy toward its North American empire began to assume some coherence. During Charles II's reign, various institutions of English government assumed an increasingly direct role in the administration of England's overseas territories. New York was conquered from the Dutch; Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey were carved out of it; and North and South Carolina were founded. Lawyers trained in England brought the common law to all these new colonies, quickly in most of them, but somewhat more slowly in New York. Although the legal systems of t ... More

Keywords: centralization, common law, criminal law, juries, lawyers, pleading, regulatory law, religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199937752
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199937752.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William E. Nelson, author
New York University