History for Somalia Map
1618 The Virginia Company undertakes a large-scale recovery effort Somalia Map . The colony has yet to make its investors any money, and the company is near bankruptcy Somalia Map . Edwin Sandys becomes treasurer and promptly replaces the earlier military laws with ones more closely reflective of English common law. He also attracts new settlers, including more women, to Virginia. Powhatan dies, and his chiefdom passes to his brother or cousin Opechancanough. The new chief is less willing to accommodate English expansion than his predecessor, especially since English settlements are expanding rapidly beyond the territory originally granted them by Powhatan.
1619 Governor Yeardley, a Sandys appointee, convenes an assembly at Jamestown. Yeardley meets with his six appointed councilors, and twenty elected representatives known as burgesses. The House of Burgesses, the first elected representative body in English Country, will continue to meet until 1775. A Dutch captain trading in Jamestown sells twenty Negars to Virginia planters. The legal status of the first Africans in Virginia is not precisely clear. In the first half of the seventeenth century, chattel slavery is not the only labor option. Some Africans work toward their freedom, and a few most notably Anthony Johnson even own their own tobacco plantations. This will become increasingly rare as slavery takes root during the second half of the seventeenth century and Virginia society begins to divide along strict racial lines.