The Atlantic Imperial Constitution: Center and Periphery in by K. MacMillan

By K. MacMillan

Drawing on contemporary traits in either Atlantic and center-periphery literature, this publication examines the connection among the English crown - monarch, privy council, and ancillary our bodies - and its Atlantic colonies lower than the early Stuart monarchs, James I and Charles I, circa 1603-1642.

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Either way, Ralegh, no favorite of the king or council, was the mission’s commander and was to be held responsible for the actions of his crew. 18 The reports of this misadventure were enough to cause James to issue a proclamation denouncing the sacking of San Thomé, an action exactly contrary to Ralegh’s commission. ”19 Given 36 The Atlantic Imperial Constitution the numerous Spanish engagements against English ships trading in the Caribbean since the treaty was signed, James was surely well aware of the fiction imbedded within these words, but his foreign policy could allow no other formulation.

The state’s official attitude toward English activities in the Caribbean and South America, where the Spanish presence was more dominant and the treaty unspecific as to English rights, was more cautious. 5 Between 1605 and 1612, the Spanish ambassador in London routinely brought suit in the High Court of Admiralty for the cargoes brought into England as the result of contraband trading in Spanishcontrolled regions of the Atlantic. 6 This tenuous Atlantic situation was complicated by the king’s broader foreign policy toward Spain.

It was 22 The Atlantic Imperial Constitution these two officials who were responsible for drafting the charters that brought the colonies into existence. Others, such as officers of the admiralty and judges of the admiralty court (which were separate jurisdictions), together with overseers of customs and ports, and local sheriffs, justices of the peace, and mayors, were routinely expected to carry out executive orders in the name of the Crown, and were often warned about the consequences if they failed to comply.

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