Date of Award

Spring 1940

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts




It is the purpose of this thesis to show the vory close nnd contintled relationship between the govern­ ment or England and the colony ot Virginia in the Commonwealth period and the greater independence of Virginia undor the Protectorate.Many debatable questions arose during the Commonwealth period and were treated in accordance with the local situation.The general relationship of this first period is that of close and friendly interest, but, at the same time, the authority of the Commonwealth was maintained.In the Protectorate period there were tower questions, since the Lord Protector was occupied with heavier and more pressing problems concerned with England 's foreign and domestic policies. Difficulties between the Council of State and the Virginia Colony in this period were largely the result of the application of the Navigation Act or else the survival or the old colonial policy.