Historical Systems of Power, Governance, and Authority

Topics: Viktor Yushchenko, American Revolution, Boston Tea Party Pages: 3 (1182 words) Published: October 5, 2012
Historical Systems of Power, Governance, and Authority
Through out our history and even in modern times, colonialism, imperialism and revolution have played a major part in the rise and fall of power structure and governance in the world. Societies have been overtaken, ruled, risen, and fallen. Wars have been fought for the power of one society, faction, or government to rule another. Non violent revolutions have enacted changes in power as well, making significant changes in power structures.

In 1604, King James I gave a land grant to a group of entrepreneurs known as The Virginia Company to establish a colony in North America in the Chesapeake Bay. The colony was headed by Captain John Smith. The Virginia Company launched the expedition in hopes of finding gold, and a trade route to the Orient. The Chesapeake Bay was chosen by the Virginia Company because it was not inhabited by the Native Americans. It quickly became realized why the area was not inhabited. It was a swampy area that bred mosquitoes, thus subjecting many of the colonists to die of malaria. There was not very much game to hunt for food because it was such inhospitable land. Many of the settlers died of dysentery from drinking polluted water. The Algonquian Indians also were a deadly threat to the settlement, killing many of the settlers. In 1611, the colony had no economic viability, and most of the original settlers had perished due to disease, famine, and Indian attack. One settler, John Rolfe, brought tobacco seeds from the Caribbean. He and many other settlers began growing and exporting the tobacco. The Jamestown Colony now had economic viability, which led Britain to send more settlers with new supplies. The newly arrived colonists found the conditions of the Colony terrible; therefore they set out to form a plan to rebuild the colony.

Attacks against the Jamestown colonists began almost immediately when they arrived off of the ships that brought them across from Britain....
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