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Welcome to Colonial Williamsburg. This is a restored 18th century city and each year receives more than one million visitors from all over the world. Our historic city is more than a mile long and has 88 original public buildings, 50 major reconstructed buildings and 90 acres of gardens and meadows restored to their colonial appearance. Williamsburg Colonial is a live history museum, dedicated to the origins of the idea of ​​America before the United States of America existed.

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Williamsburg, Virginia, was the colonial capital of the largest, richest and most populous guard of the British Empire in North America. It was here that the ideas of freedom and equality, of representative government, of justice and of the rights and responsibilities of the individual within a society were conceived, several decades before the United States of America was born. We hope that by visiting us, whether on our website or in person, we will further understand the democratic and republican principles that Thomas Jefferson eloquently expressed in the Declaration of Independence as "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" .

Williamsburg played an important role in the history of colonial America. From 1699 to 1780, it was the capital of the royal British colony of Virginia. After May 1776, Williamsburg became the capital of the new independent Commonwealth of Virginia, which was the political, social, economic and cultural center of a vast empire stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes . It was "the practical school" of politics and ideology for many of the leaders in the struggle for the independence of the colonies of Great Britain. Read about:

The birth of US freedom

In June 1776, the Virginia Convention adopted the Virginia Declaration of Rights , a document that emphasized individual liberties and government autonomy. This document later became the United States Bill of Rights, , which to date protects the basic freedoms of Americans. The Convention also adopted the Virginia Constitution that served as a model for many other states.

The Colonial Williamsburg Web site

We hope you find out more about America's experience Colonial by exploring our website. You can access the other pages of the site through the links that are indicated with blue letters. Please note that the other areas of our website are available in English only.

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