The fourth strand of imperial policy derived from an aspect of the British judicial system, which had a large number of capital crimes, and sentenced many criminals to death, but executed only a small minority of them. Most death sentences were commuted to transportation to a remote and unpleasant part of the world, namely Virginia.
Friday, November 19, 2010
From N.A.M. Rodger, The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain, 1649-1815, at 366 (2004):