The earliest spring in 120 years was met with snow in western Virginia.
On March 17, 1651, in a speech to the House of Burgesses that sounds more like Patrick Henry or Samuel Adams, Berkeley issued a scathing condemnation of Parliament and their actions, accusing them of tyranny and holding Virginians under slavery – lamenting the loss of liberty and free trade with foreign nations.
We’ve come a long way when it comes to punishments here in the Old Dominion.
Suddenly the House of Burgesses was given not just legislative authority, but executive and judicial authority, as well.
Lederer’s expedition was the first Virginian expedition into the frontier and greatly expanded the colonists understanding of the continent, especially that part of Virginia we call Shenandoah and the Blue Ridge mountains.
On March 8, 1655, the face of American slavery was given a new precedent in the case of Johnson vs. Parker.