Culpeper's Rebellion
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Culpeper's Rebellion
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According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Culpeper's Rebellion (1677-79), was an early popular uprising against proprietary rule in the Albemarle section of northern Carolina, caused by the efforts of the proprietary government to enforce the British Navigation Acts. These trade laws denied the colonists a free market outside England and placed heavy duties on commodities.

The colonists' resentment found an object in the deputy governor, Thomas Miller, who was also customs collector. Led by John Culpeper and George Durant, the rebels imprisoned Miller and other officials, convened a legislature of their own, chose Culpeper governor, and for two years capably exercised all powers and duties of government. Culpeper was finally removed by the proprietors and tried for treason and embezzlement but was never punished.

The Culpeper Rebellion document presented here, written by William S. Smith, Jr. and used with his permission, was Mr. Smith's Master's thesis at North Carolina State University.

Culpeper's Rebellion
New Data and Old Problems

A Paper Submitted to
The Faculty of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
In Candidacy for the Degree of Master of Arts in Liberal Studies
William S. Smith, Jr.
Raleigh, North Carolina
April 1990

Approved by:
W. S. Price, Jr.      W. C. Harris      S. H. Kessler

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction

  2. Background (Part 1)
    Background (Part 2)

  3. Prelude to Disorder

  4. A New Government (Part 1)
    A New Government (Part 2

  5. Conclusion

  6. Appendices 1-4
    Appendices 5-9

  7. Bibliography

Copyright 1990. William S. Smith, Jr., All rights reserved.

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