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  • Culpepper's Rebellion — 1677:
    Northeastern North Carolina colonists, fed up with Britain's taxes on tobacco exports to other colonies, stage Culpepper's Rebellion. Colonists throw the Royal Governor into jail and appoint their own governor.


  • Door's Rebellion — 1842:
    Named for its leader, Thomas W. Dorr, this conflict was directed against the government of Rhode Island, which was still operating under the charter of 1663. The legislature had failed to liberalize the constitution by extending voting rights, enacting a bill of right, or reapportioning the legislature. The Dorrites held an extralegal convention, drafted a new constitution and submitted it to the electorate, whose numbers had been enlarged by the new Dorrite provisions. Simultaneously, on April 18, with Gov. samuel W. King legally still in power, Dorr was named governor in a so-called election. King imposed martial law. On May 18 Dorr and a contingent of followers unsuccessfully attempted to seize a state armory. In 1843 Dorr was sentenced to life imprisonment, but was fully pardoned after serving one year. Reforms in the state constitution were quickly adopted. .


  • Leisler's Rebellion — 1688:
    Leisler's Rebellion was a briefly successful attempt by merchant, Jacob Leisler, to seize control of the colony of New York. Upon hearing that the Glorious Revolution in England had driven King James II off the throne, groups of colonists in New England and the Mid-Atlantic colonies deposed their royal governors and turned control over to elected assemblies. But in New York, after deposing Lieutenant Governor Francis Nicholson, Leister named himself governor. He was backed by Dutch laborers and artisans, who disliked the Anglo-Dutch elite group that had run the colony. However, New York merchants were not so pleased, and sought to unseat him.

    In 1691, in order to reassert English control over the colony, King William appointed a royal governor. When Leisler refused to step down, he was charged with treason. On May 16, 1691, he and his son-in-law were hanged.

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