Today’s Yestirginia: An Existential Threat
On March 18, 1608, Don Pedro de Zuñiga urged King Philip III to intercept and plunder English resupply ships to a starving and fledgling Virginia colony.
The Rise of the Monarch
When the chaos of mob rule fails, the king triumphantly returns.
YesterVirginiaToday: Parliamentary Tyranny
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.
Essay: Radical Commerce
At it’s root – its radix – commerce is a liberty enjoyed between two peoples.
Yesterday’s Today in Virginia: Spanish Spies
On March 12, 1611, Don Velasco sent ciphered correspondence to King Philip III of Spain describing the state of affairs of Virginia in its infancy.
Virginia’s Yesterday, Today: Punishment and Pardon
We’ve come a long way when it comes to punishments here in the Old Dominion.
Yesterday’s Virginia Today: A Cromwellian Assembly
Suddenly the House of Burgesses was given not just legislative authority, but executive and judicial authority, as well.
Today in Virginia’s Yesterday: Early Westward Exploration
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.
This Day in Virginia History: A First for American Slavery
On March 8, 1655, the face of American slavery was given a new precedent in the case of Johnson vs. Parker.
This Day in Virginia History: Scandal in Henricus
On March 6, 1626, a case was heard in James City in the Governor’s council and General Court involving rumor, rape, slander, and ulterior motives.