Law Enforcement in Colonial America: Creation & Evolution


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Who appointed a sheriff in Colonial America?

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1. Who selected constables in Colonial America?

2. In Colonial times, what city had a slave patrol of over 100 people?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Maintaining law and order in colonial America involved enforcing court decisions and protecting settlers from different risks and threats. This quiz and worksheet review the objectives of colonial law and the influence of regional economies on law enforcement.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This assessment reveals how much you know about the following topics:

  • Chief responsibility of colonial law enforcement
  • Law enforcement officials and appointments
  • Characteristics of law enforcement in the South
  • Definition of outlaw

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access your knowledge of law enforcement in colonial America
  • Interpreting information - make sure you can review information about colonial law enforcement and understand the key points and concepts
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about law enforcement strategies in colonial America

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the lesson, Law Enforcement in Colonial America: Creation & Evolution. The following objectives are part of the lesson:

  • Describe the role of law enforcement in northern colonies
  • Explain how the economy of the South shaped the region's law enforcement
  • Understand the primary goal of colonial law enforcement