Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Because the Yamasee War squelched further westward expansion during the early 18th century, as well as removing the lucrative Carolina colony from the control of the British, the remaining colonies were careful to stay on good terms with the mother country. Virginia was especially vulnerable because of the tobacco farmers use of Africans as slave labor. Although the colonists did not fight a war for independence during the 1770s, they sought and, over the space of several decades, received autonomy from direct control of Great Britain in much the same manner as Canada.

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