Encyclopedia Virginia


A project of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in partnership with the Library of Virginia, Encyclopedia Virginia offers the best and most current scholarship that exists on a given topic. Click any of the entries below to learn more about many of the significant topics surrounding the Virginia 2019 Commemoration.


The General Assembly Convenes (1619)

The House of Burgesses

Virginia Company Instructions to Governor George Yeardley

Virginia’s First Africans

Free Blacks in Colonial Virginia

Indentured Servants in Colonial Virginia

Women in Colonial Virginia

Indians in Virginia

The Virginia Company of London 

Sir Edwyn Sandys

Tobacco in Colonial Virginia

Instructions to Captain John Woodlief