proprietary colony

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a colony given to a proprietor to govern (in 17th century)

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On page 134, he writes that "Both Virginia and Maryland were established as proprietary colonies, the former reserved for members of the Church of England, the latter for Catholics." In fact, Virginia was a corporate colony chartered to two English companies and while the Church of England was the established church, people of other denominations entered; although Maryland was a proprietary colony intended partly as a refuge for Catholics, more Protestants than Catholics entered almost immediately.