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Culpeper Rebellion of 1677 in Albemarle County


Culpeper Rebellion Albemarle Sound John Culpeper and others were outraged when the colonial Governor Miller ordered a vessel Caroline stopped in Albemarle Sound and the captain arrested on a charged with not paying taxes on his shipment of weapons and merchandise. The captain, having already paid the taxes in England, objected. Also, the Navigation Act which required taxes in the form of tobacco and merchantiles was strongly resented by the colonists and a rebellion ensued when they took the side of the captain. The rebellion was named after John Culpeper when he happened to go to England and was arrested for high treason. The lords proprietors, however, argued that the colony did not yet have a government.


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