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Andros served as British colonial governor of New York (1674-1681), New England (1686-1689) including New Hampshire (1687-1689), Virginia (1692-1697), Maryland (1693-1694), and Guernsey (1704-1706). Andros was not a popular governor, and at one point was placed under arrest and forced to return to England.
As the head of the short-lived Dominion of New England, Andros angered the Puritan colonists of Boston by openly affiliating with the Church of England. They were also angered by his noisy, "sinning" soldiers. Andros curbed town meetings, restricted popular assemblies, and heavily taxed people without their representatives' consent. He further angered colonists by limiting the colonists' liberties and by suppressing smuggling and enforcing the Navigation Acts, the colonists. After James II was deposed by the Glorious Revolution, the Dominion disintegrated. A group of colonists mobbed its Boston headquarters and shipped Andros back to England.
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