Early publicity for the colony was drummed up by adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh and Thomas Harriot

Early publicity for the colony was drummed up by adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh and Thomas Harriot

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Early publicity for the colony was drummed up by adventurer Sir Walter Ralegh and  Thomas Harriot, whose  Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia,  first  published in 1588, was meant to encourage widespread enthusiasm for the venture.  These early efforts were frustrated by poor organization and harsh living conditions, and  it wasnt until several years later that a viable settlement was finally established.  Initial advances in Virginia, at outposts such as Jamestown, were made largely on the  strength of tobacco cultivation. These efforts were pushed forward by settlers like John  Rolfe in the face of royal disapproval over trade in narcotics. Additionally, colonists  struggled with early disputes against the native Powhatan tribe. These last were 
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Unformatted text preview: somewhat eased by the marriage of Rolfe and Pocahontas, daughter of the Powhatan chief, but sporadic conflicts would continue to flare between settlers and natives for decades. The Virginia Company lost its charter in 1624, and was completely dissolved by 1630. In the succeeding decades, the Commonwealth of Virginia came under the administration of the British crown, with a local governing body known as the House of Burgesses. This legislative wing was overseen by a group of royal governors, and ultimately under the absolute rule of the imperial monarch. Such an absolute hierarchy was weakened by the progress of the English Civil War, and by the time of the Glorious Revolution the House of Burgesses enjoyed more autonomy than ever before....
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