William Berkeley (governor) facts for kids
Sir William Berkeley
|Governor of Virginia|
|Appointed by||Charles II|
|Preceded by||Samuel Mathews|
|Succeeded by||Sir Herbert Jeffries|
|Appointed by||Charles I|
|Preceded by||Sir Francis Wyatt|
|Succeeded by||Richard Bennett|
|Died||1677 (aged 71–72)
|Resting place||St Mary's Church, Twickenham
|Spouse(s)||Frances Culpeper Stephens Berkeley|
|Residence||Green Spring Plantation, James City County, Virginia|
Sir William Berkeley (1605 – 9 July 1677) was a colonial governor of Virginia, and one of the Lords Proprietors of the Colony of Carolina; he was appointed to these posts by King Charles I, of whom he was a favourite.
As proprietor of Green Spring Plantation in James City County, he experimented with activities such as growing silkworms as part of his efforts to expand the tobacco-based economy. Berkeley enacted friendly policies toward the Native Americans that led to the revolt by some of the planters in 1676 which became known as Bacon's Rebellion. In the aftermath, King Charles II was angered by the retribution exacted against the rebels by Berkeley, and recalled him to England
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