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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Opechancanough, -1644 (search)
nd the stars—how the sun chased the night around the earth continually. Opechancanough regarded him as a superior being, and women and children stared at him as he passed from village to village to the Indian's capital, until he was placed in the custody of Powhatan. Opechancanough attended the marriage of his niece, Pocahontas, at Jamestown. After the death of his brother (1619) he was lord of the empire, and immediately formed plans for driving the English out of his country. Gov. Sir Francis Wyatt brought the constitution with him, and there was evidence of great prosperity and peace everywhere. But just at that time a fearful cloud of trouble was brooding. Opechancanough could command about 1,500 warriors. He hated the English bitterly, and inspired his people with the same feeling, yet he feigned friendship for them until a plot for their destruction was perfected. Believing the English intended to seize his domains, his patriotism impelled him to strike a blow. In an
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Wyatt, Sir Francis 1575-1644 (search)
Wyatt, Sir Francis 1575-1644 Governor; born in England, presumably in 1575; made governor of Virginia in 1621; brought with him a new constitution which allowed trial by jury, annual meetings of the Assembly subject to the call of the governor, and all former franchises and immunities. This constitution became the model for all later forms of government in the American colonies. He returned to England upon the death of his father, Sir John Wyatt, in 1626, but was again made governor in 1639. He permanently returned to England in 1642, and died in Bexley in 1644.