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royal colony

a colony ruled or administered by officials appointed by and responsible to the reigning sovereign of the parent state.
American History. a colony, as New York, administered by a royal governor and council appointed by the British crown, and having a representative assembly elected by the people.
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a body of people or country that is administered or ruled by a sovereign country; also, any country controlled by the English royal family


The 13 original American colonies were considered royal colonies.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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