In The Witch of Blackbird Pond, what is a charter?

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The previous answer gives you a number of possible definitions of a charter, but does not tell you which one applies in this book.  In this book, the charter that the colonists have is like a constitution.  This goes along with the first definition of charter as a noun in the answer above.

English colonies in the new world were typically given charters.  These documents spelled out the rules for how the colonies would be governed.  They specified what rights the colonists would have.  In this book, the English government is trying to change the terms of the  charter to reduce the degree to which the colonists' rights will be respected.

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