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Sovereignty and Possession in the English New World

The Legal Foundations of Empire, 1576-1640

How did English notions of sovereignty, empire and law impact their methods of settlement in the Americas?

At the same time, Elizabeth was holding prisoner her cousin, Mary Queen of
Scots, whom domestic and foreign Catholics intrigued to place on the English
throne. It was also toward the end of the 1570s that Elizabeth began outwardly
showing sympathy for the Dutch desire to revolt against the Spanish rule of Philip
II, the queen's former brother-in-law and suitor. Within this tenuous political
climate, in which a few false steps in the direction of North America could lead to
war, Elizabeth ...