Monday, July 29, 2013

July 30: First New World Legislature

On this date in History ......July 30, 1619: 

The first legislative body was formed in the New World. The House of Burgesses (the English word for “citizens”) convened on July 30 and the first law passed required tobacco to be sold for a minimum of three shillings per pound. 

Other laws passed during this first session included prohibitions against gambling, drunkenness and idleness, and one that made observation of the Sabbath mandatory.

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