Colonial Williamsburg's Capitol Building

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In 1764 through 1774, Great Britain continuously passed taxes on many items used by the colonists of America. This lead to the colonists writing the declaration of independence. In colonial Williamsburg today, people can learn about the rebellious acts of the Americans during the revolution. Although There are many historical buildings that can inform visitors of Williamsburg’s past, the capitol building stands out from the rest. The capitol building was very important to the American Revolution, teaches people about America’s past government, and supports the motto, “that the future may learn from the past.” The capitol had much more importance during the revolution than the Bruton Parish Church, The Magazine, or the Governors palace. During the revolution, the magazine simply stored gunpowder and weapons, the Governor’s palace housed the governor and his family, as well as storing weapons, and the Bruton parish church was where everyone was required to worship. None of these buildings even come close to the importance of the capitol building. The burgesses and Governor’s council…show more content…
When visiting the general court, people learn the extremely unfair power the judge had, and the cruel punishments he could give. For example, if you stole something small you would be put to trial and argue your case. He would the ask witnesses what they saw, but he could completely overrule them. If you were found guilty, you would get a hot iron stamp would be pressed onto your skin, leaving a permanent burn mark, identifying you as a thief. If you were ever put to trial again, you would have no more chances, and be hanged. Also, the meeting place of the governor’s council and the burgesses show how the different branches met and discussed laws. The capitol was not only important during the revolution, but also teaches visitors about America’s government in the
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