House of Burgesses

The Virginia House of Burgesses /ˈbɜrəsɪz/ was the first legislative assembly of elected representatives in North America. The House was established by the Virginia Company, who created the body as part of an effort to encourage English craftsmen to settle in North America and to make conditions in the colony more agreeable for its current inhabitants.

The word "Burgess" means an elected or appointed official of a municipality, or the representative of a borough in the English House of Commons.

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