Historically, Sir Edmond Andros was the royal governor-general of the dominion of New England. His charge was to consolidate the Northern colonies into a single dominion. The early colonists, who at first supported him, resisted his efforts. They did not want to replace their representative assemblies with an advisory council that was subject to the whim of the English king. Andros\' reputation suffered greatly from his efforts to suppress the colonists and their new government. In the book, Andros is referred to as the “Royal Governor of Connecticut.” His arrival, with his soldiers, at Wethersfield creates conflict with Matthew Wood and other colonial leaders.