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proprietary colony

noun, American History.
any of certain colonies, as Maryland and Pennsylvania, that were granted to an individual or group by the British crown and that were granted full rights of self-government. Unabridged
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  • It also lay within the limits of the charter of 1681, by which the proprietary colony of Pennsylvania had been founded.

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proprietary colony

(US, history) any of various colonies, granted by the Crown in the 17th century to a person or group of people with full governing rights
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