May 18, 1769

Virginians Adopt Non-Importation Association

Meeting at the Raleigh Tavern immediately after the dissolution of the assembly by the governor, 88 former burgesses sign an agreement drafted by George Mason and introduced by George Washington to not import or purchase a variety of British goods after September 1 (or slaves after November 1). Botetourt responds by informing Hillsborough that "it becomes Great Britain, if ever she intends it, immediately to assert her Supremacy in a manner which may be felt."

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