Colonists Salutary Neglect: A Colonial Policy

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Salutary neglect was a colonial policy in which England relaxed its enforcement of most regulations in return for the continued economic loyalty of the colonies. As long as raw materials kept flowing into the homeland and the colonists continued to buy English-produced goods, Parliament did not supervise the colonies closely. The colonists were able to influence the king-appointed governors, from the approval of laws to the appointment of judges, since the colonial-assembly paid the governors’ salaries and not the king. It was because of their influence with the governors that they were able to develop a taste for self-government that would eventually create the conditions for rebellion.
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