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  1. Virginia and the Proprietary Colonies

  2. Virginia • What is the economic philosophy which led to the founding of the colonies? A. Joint-Stock Company • The Plymouth Company • The Virginia Company of London • Jamestown: problems? --Who colonized early Virginia? --John Smith: installs a military system of discipline and order

  3. Virginia C. Headright System-1617 --any shareholder in the company, or anyone who could get himself to Virginia got 50 acres of land, also 50 acres for each indentured servant brought over **Indentured servants were on 4-5 year contracts, if they could survive that long! • House of Burgesses-1619 • Other VA Company Info: --import women; first African slaves arrive; 1624: Virginia Company dissolved, Royal Colony

  4. Proprietary Colonies • Maryland and Sir George Calvert, aka Lord Baltimore --a haven for Catholics B. First legislative assembly met in 1635, bicameral C. Toleration Act of 1649: granted religious freedom to all Christians

  5. Bacon’s Rebellion • A. House of Burgesses becomes dominated by wealthy landowners • B. Corruption of Governor Berkeley • C. Fighting breaks out on the frontier with Native Americans, Bacon responds • RESULT?? • http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aia/part1/1p274.html • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d6kE7vDf98Y