What happened in Virginia in 1619?

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The first slaves were introduced into what eventually became the British colonies in 1619. Approximately twenty slaves arrived in Jamestown in 1619, which eventually led to the growth and development of slavery throughout the British colonies in North America.

Another important event that occurred in 1619 was the creation of the Virginia House of Burgesses. This body was the first elected lawmaking branch in the land controlled by Great Britain in North America. The Virginia House of Burgesses met for the first time on July 30. The first law it passed dealt with the sale of tobacco. As time passed, other colonies were created, and they established their lawmaking bodies, too. These lawmaking bodies gave the colonists some say in how the colonies were run. 

Another event that occurred in 1619 was the decision by the Virginia Company to send unmarried, white women to Virginia. The colony was made up of mainly single men who didn’t want to remain single. Thus, women began to arrive in Virginia. These women married the men and began to raise families.