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The history of colonial North Carolina is bombarded with frequent strife and turmoil The people of North Carolina because of a lack in supervision from the British monarchy learned to possess an independent spirit The colony remained isolated from the rest of the country because of several geographical conditions such as poor harbors the absence of navigable rivers numerous swamps and bad road conditions Due to these conditions communities throughout North Carolina became widely separated The colony was initially set up by the Lords Proprietors an English founding company that helped finance early American exploration When North Carolina was freed from British proprietorship the Granville family descendants from the original Lords Proprietors continued to hold their land rights This area which became known as the Granville District was the scene of many disputes over land grants taxes British support and a great deal of lesser issues Settlers in the back country Piedmont felt particularly oppressed by the laws drawn up by an assembly largely composed of eastern landowners Local officials in many counties particularly in the western segment of the backcountry were not local men at all but friends of the royal governor William Tryon These so-called friends often collected higher fees than authorized by the law while obtaining tax money or divided a single service into many services and charged fees for each Lawyers who followed the judges around the colony also fell into the same habit The citizens of Anson Orange and Granville counties were the first to make themselves heard In 1764 this band of citizens referred to as the mob created a number of local disturbances until Governor Arthur Dobbs passed a proclamation forbidding the collection of illegal fees the practice that the people complained of the most Their protests were calmed only temporarily However the effects of the new law wore off soon enough and sheriffs and other county officers returned to their old dishonest practices Citizens
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