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The Second Charter of Virginia


The Second Virginia Charter is one of the founding documents of the United States. Written at the very beginning of the colonial period, the Second Virginia Charter extended the "rights of Englishmen" to colonists.

What were the rights of Englishmen? Why was the Second Virginia Charter important?

Readers may also want to compare the Second Virginia Charter to the First Virginia Charter.

Source: The Virginia Company of London, The Second Charter of Virginia, 23 May 1609, Avalon Project (accessed October 7, 2009).

How to Cite This Source
The Virginia Company of London, "The Second Charter of Virginia," in Virginia Civics, Item #697, (accessed January 27, 2022).
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