Area celebrates start of representative government at Jamestown

It was on a summer’s day in 1619 when two Englishmen from each of the 11 main Virginia settlements first gathered for a historic meeting at Jamestown that would lay the foundation for American government.

And 400 years later, there are several noteworthy events planned throughout the area to commemorate that meeting, which was the first meeting of a representative legislature in English North America.

The 1619 meeting had its genesis in a decision by leaders at the Virginia Company of London to implement policies to make colonists more invested in the colony: it ended the martial law that had governed the colony in favor of a representative government, said Nancy Egloff, historian at Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.