Carolina was granted a charter in 1663 to a group of proprietors… Duke of Albemarle, John Berkeley, Carteret, etc… they allowed the settlers to have a governor and popularly elected assembly… they also provided the settlers with a constitution.
What is signif about this constitution?
written by great political scientist, John Locke… many of his ideas used by Jefferson in Declaration of Independence, although not all Locke’s ideas were in the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina..
- allowed for the structure of govt to match one’s property worth… had a governor appointed by proprietors, two house legislature, upper house of nobles, lower house of commoners… upper house initiated legislation…
- BUT SHOWED a new govt structure later used of a bicameral legislature