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First Representative Legislature

In 1619, the Virginia Company instituted reforms in the colony that led to the establishment of a representative form of government. The colony was divided into settlements or “plantations,” one being the City of Henrico. Each plantation sent representatives to Jamestown to the General Assembly of 1619, the first representative legislature in a British colony.

Henrico’s settlement included a parcel of 10,000 acres for what was intended to become the University of Henricus, the first English university in America. One of the schools within the university was to be for the Indians.

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