Angry that the royal governor William Berkeley had appeased Indian tribes who had attacked the western settlements, Virginia settlers staged a rebellion against the government. The settlers were led by Nathaniel Bacon, who successfully attacked Indian settlements and burned Jamestown.
After the overthrow of King James II in England, American colonists rebelled and royal governors were removed in several colonies. Militia officer Jacob Leisler became governor of New York, but he was hanged for treason in 1691 when royal authority was reinstated.
The British Crown merged the English colonies of New England—Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island—into a single province called the Dominion of New England. The Dominion, headed by a single royal governor, was dissolved in 1689 in the aftermath of the Glorious Revolution when English colonists overthrew the royal government and sent Crown representatives back to London.