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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

17th Century Colonists to Virginia

Some of the largest landowners of the 17th century were Richard Lee, William Byrd, Adam Thoroughgood and the elder Nathaniel Bacon.  The English spirit prevailed and class distinctions were upheld.  As in England, the gentleman was distinctly different from the yeoman, and the yeoman from the agricultural servant or mechanic. The population of the colony was mostly of pure English blood. The emigrants were not drawn because of religious differences (as in New England), but rather based on customs and traditions of their native land. The idea was to amass large tracts of land based upon  the number of servants transported into the colony and to establish colonial plantations.  The true adventurer uprooted his family for the opportunity of what later became "the American dream".

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