‘Salutary Neglect’? British Colonial Policy under the First Two Georges

  • Mary K. Geiter
  • W. A. Speck
Part of the American History in Depth book series (AHD)


Edmund Burke used the expression ‘salutary neglect’ to describe British policy towards its American colonies before the passing of the Stamp Act in 1765. Americans, too, initially reacted to the Act not by campaigning for independence, but by agitating for a return to the situation before it was enacted, when they felt that they had been virtually left alone.


Nova Scotia Naval Base British Policy British Politics French Producer 
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Guide to Further Reading

  1. James Henretta, ‘Salutary Neglect’: Colonial Administration under the Duke of Newcastle (1972).Google Scholar

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© Mary K. Geiter and W. A. Speck 2002

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  • Mary K. Geiter
  • W. A. Speck

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