Colonial Virginia

Colonial Virginia - Colonial Virginia In A Nutshell In the...

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Colonial Virginia In A Nutshell In the hundred years following Bacon's Rebellion of 1676 , Virginia became the colony that we now imagine when we think of Virginia. Prior to 1676, Virginia was a profitable but socially crude and politically unstable tobacco factory. But after the rebellion, it matured into the colonial powerhouse that provided much of the political and philosophical leadership for the American Revolution . During these years, Virginia's House of Burgesses expanded its powers and developed its sense of political purpose. The colony's tobacco economy expanded to the west and south, generating enormous wealth for American planters and English merchants. The slave labor force on which this economy depended grew from a few thousand to close to a quarter million. And the social and cultural order that completed these political and economic developments took shape. By 1776, Virginia looked like Virginia—a colony of small farms and great plantations, its
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