South Carolina Incorporates Magna Carta
The trend of constitutional change in British America was a gradual move away from proprietary colonies under private owners who held a charter to royal colonies under a royal governor. South Carolina made this change in several steps, beginning in 1712, the year of its separation from North Carolina. In 1729, it was recognized as a royal colony. This 1736 imprint documents one step of that transition—South Carolina’s 1712 incorporation of the common law and statutes of England into its colonial law. This was the first statutory enactment of Magna Carta in American history.