1629The Massachusetts Bay Company received a royal charter from King Charles I for a colony in New England.People and Communities, Events & Anniversaries, State Events, Indigenous People's History

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Commonwealth Museum, Charter of 1629, https://www.sec.state.ma.us/mus/vt-details/vt-charter-of-1629.html.

A charter colony could elect its own administrators and be self-governing. The 1629 charter gave the colony the land between the Merrimack River and the Charles River, but the Merrimack had not yet been explored, so the boundary was uncertain. The charter extended the doctrine of discovery to grant English authority over Indigenous people and gave instructions on how much they could be compensated for their land.

The Charters and General Laws of the Colony and Province of Massachusetts Bay. T. B. Wait and Co., 1814, https://archive.org/details/chartersgenerall00mass/page/n1/mode/2up. National Park Service - Explorers and Settlers (Historical Background). https://www.nps.gov/parkhistory/online_books/explorers/intro24.htm
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