A Great Place to Settle
Our Origins and Way of Life
Map of Virginia
Our capital was Jamestown until 1699, when it changed to Williamsburg. Once tobacco became a major cash crop, shires/counties, or Hundreds, became widespread. Examples include: Martin's Hundred, Bermuda Hundred, Berkeley Hundred, and Flowerdew Hundred
Our religion has strictly been Anglican Protestant, as obviously, our mother country is England. The main church was controlled by the Bishop of London, who would send missionaries and priests into Virginia. These priest would control the parishes, where we would pay taxes.
John Rolfe was the first to plant tobacco from Bermuda, which flourished into a booming cash crop. Within a few years after the hundred system was in place, Virginia began to export 50,000 pounds of tobacco to England yearly, which allowed for near economic sufficiency.
Map of Virginia
The Powhatan Indians and Bacon's Rebellion.
Bacon's Rebellion was caused by Governor Berkeley's refusal to meet settler's demands to do something about frequent Indian attacks, and the growing rift between rich white colonists and poor colonists and slaves.. About 1,000 Virginians of all races and classes (including slaves) rose up in protest. They pushed the Native Americans back, as well as chasing Berkeley out of Jamestown, which they torched. Eventually the rebellion was crushed by British troops, and relative peace was restored. However, the House of Burgesses passed laws so that poor white men could no longer side with slaves against richer white men.