Into Slavery: Racial Decisions in the Virginia Colony

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Laws of Virginia, 1623-1624

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23. That every dwelling house shall be pallizaded in for defence against the Indians.
24. That no man go or send abroad without a sufficient partie will armed.
25. That men go not to worke in the ground without their arms (and a centinell upon them.)
26. That the inhabitants go not aboard ships or upon any other occasions in such numbers, as thereby to weaken and endanger the plantations.
27. That the commander of every plantation take care that there be sufficient of powder and amunition within the plantation under his command and their pieces fixt and their arms compleate.
28. That there be dew watch kept by night.
29. That no commander of any plantation do either himselfe or suffer others to spend powder unnecessarily in drinking or entertainments, &c.
30. That such persons of quality as shall be founde delinquent in their duties being not fitt to undegoe corporal punishment may notwith- standing be imprisoned at the discretione of the commander & for greater offences to be subject to a ffine inflicted by the monthlie court, so that it exceed not the value aforesaid.
31. That every man that hath not contributed to the finding a man at the castell shall pay for himself and servants five pounds of tobacco a head, towards the discharge of such as had their servants there.
32. That the beginning of July next the inhabitants of every corporation shall fall upon their adjoyning salvages as we did the last yeare, those that shall be hurte upon service to be cured at the publique charge; in case any be lamed to be maintained by the country according to his person and quality.
33. That for defraying of such publique debts our troubles have brought upon us. There shall be levied 10 pounds of tobacco upon every male head above sixteen years of adge now living (not including such as arrived since the beginning of July last.)
34. That no person within this colony upon the rumur of supposed change and alteration, presume to be disobedient to the present
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From: William W. Hening, ed., Statutes at Large: Being a Collection of all the Laws of Virginia from the First Session of the Legislature in the Year 1619 ( 1823; reprint ed., Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1969), vol. 1, pp. 126-28.

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