charter - carta - paper
- a document that lays out the granting of rights or privileges.
- rights are embedded in the text like paths on the common.
A charter is the grant of authority or rights, stating that the granter formally recognizes the prerogative of the recipient to exercise the rights specified. It is implicit that the granter retains superiority (or sovereignty), and that the recipient admits a limited (or inferior) status within the relationship. Also, charter can be a document giving royal permission to start a colony.