Initial advances in Virginia

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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  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 
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Unformatted text preview: 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. During colonial times, the Commonwealth of Virginia was an empire within a larger empire, maintaining claims to various portions of the American continent, and populated by a small cadre of powerful landowners who furthered their economic interests through the use of chattel slavery. Gradually, an established aristocracy entrenched itself in the agriculturally rich Tidewater region. This was the Virginia that Thomas Jefferson was born into....
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