The System of Colonial Government

Virginia led the way in the establishment of a governance system that eventually applied to all the North American colonies. Charles I formally granted the Virginia colony the right to have an assembly in 1639, though one had been functioning off and on since 1619. The court system developed more slowly, and it was not really until the U.S. Supreme Court was created by the Constitution that the governmental triad (executive, legislature, courts) moved toward the co-equal circumstances which we now take for granted. All the colonies eventually developed the political apparatus Shown below:


Colonial Legislatures