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Materialism and Symbolism: Imported Goods in the Colonies on the Eve of Revolution

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

During the late 17th to mid 18th century, the thirteen American colonies were expanding in their population, size, and wealth. Massive tobacco plantations and widespread land speculation in Virginia led to a sudden growing population of those with excess money and a desire to show it. Consumerism and the desire for imported and manufactured goods […]

Spatial Control of the Virginia Gentry

| Saturday, July 26th, 2014

In the colonial period, the gentry class was comprised of those in Virginia who had acquired both the greatest wealth and the greatest prominence in society. In order to preserve and ensure their position in society and their way of life, the gentry imposed a social hierarchy on Virginia society, which allowed them to continue […]

The Collision of Cultures at the Virginia Colonies

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Before the arrival of English to the area that would eventually become known as the colony of Virginia, the Powhatan Indians, as well as other tribes, had occupied the land for centuries and possessed distinct cultural practices and world outlooks. When the European settlers landed in 1609 at what would become Jamestown, the world of […]