The Virginia Company lost its charter in 1624

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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. 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 
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Unformatted text preview: 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. As a frontier youth of sorts, Jefferson had a clear sense of the vast American canvas that the several European powers were struggling to control. The British did much to advance their claims in America with a victory in the Seven Years War, but incurred severe debts in the process. With a floundering enterprise in India also depleting finances, the British turned to the American colonies in hopes of generating much-needed revenues via taxation....
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This note was uploaded on 12/28/2011 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Womer during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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