constitutional government in colonial governments
- The purpose of government was to protect the people's rights to life, liberty, and property.
- These rights were included into the common law and were enforced by the courts.
- Some people how ever could not own property and vote.
- The people that could not have these rights were women, black free men, white men who were indentured servants.
- Colonial governments could not make law that violated the English Constitutional Government.
- The English Government was superior to any laws the colonial government made.
Separation of Powers
- The powers of the government were separated into three branches Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
- This was to be done as England did to protect the abuse of power.