I have one question. Did the early settlers that were mentioned in the First Charter of Massachusetts consider themselves Englishmen or men who were founding their own separate country? It seems that they still considered themselves English as they expected to be protected as free English men entitled to the rights in the Magna Carta. It also seems they considered themselves Englishmen based upon the Charter itself which says:
It seems this charter has given them complete and full rights to their land, that cannot be taken away even mentioning their right to establish their own government. Yet there seems to be a tax that they will have to pay:In the 1st Massachusetts Charter, the people wrote:"shall have and enjoy all liberties and Immunities of free and naturall Subjects within any of the Domynions of Us, our Heires or Successors, to all Intents, Constructions, and Purposes whatsoever, as if they and everie of them were borne within the Realme of England."
Their right to self-govern seems limited too, as the charter states that their laws cannot be repugnant to the laws in England. I'm obviously a little confused still.In the 1st Massachusetts Charter, the people wrote:"Yeildinge and paying therefore to the saide late Kinge, his heires and Successors, the fifte Parte of the Oare of Gould and Silver, which should from tyme to tyme, and at all Tymes then after happen to be found, gotten, had, and obteyed in, att, or within any of the saide Landes..."
Thank you ahead of time for any light you can shed on the subject.