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The Causes of the War of Independence Part 2, The Constitutional and Legal Issues Part 2

It is vital that we understand the relationship that existed between the colonies and the King. They had no legal relationship with England or with the English Parliament. They were ruled by the King and their own legislatures. They had their charters from the King. There was therefore no connection with England at all other than sharing the same monarch. A number of things need to be remembered:

1. Each of the colonies was self-governing. Each had their own legislatures and each piece of legislation was subject to the King's veto.