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This Jamestown Governor Left a Dark Legacy

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This Jamestown Governor Left a Dark Legacy

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Governor George Yeardley is rightly lauded for overseeing the first democratic assembly in America. But his legacy is tainted as one of the first people in the colonies to buy slaves.

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Most people think of Jamestown as the story of John Smith and Pocahontas, but new scientific research has revealed another prominent figure from America's first English colony. Discover the story of Sir George Yeardley, a commoner who became governor and went on to preside over the birth of the nation's democracy. Follow a team of archaeologists as they excavate the 1617 church where, according to English tradition, the leaders of the colony were buried, including our country's least known and first founding father.

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