Virginia And Massachusetts Colonies
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The Virginias found their economic salvation in the tobacco plant. Tobacco was a suitable and profitable crop.
Virginia was the first plantation colony. In 1619, a Dutch warship sold twenty black Africans to the Virginias to provide the labor necessary to support these plantations, the first of many to harbor laborers from the Africans to America...
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Also in 1619, self-government was instituted in Virginia. Delegates chosen from each district made up the House of Burgesses, which met at Jamestown to advise the governor on local issues. In 1642 the Virginian governor William Berkeley decided that his colony was to be Anglican, and he wanted all the non-conformist to depart the colony immediately...
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