Daniel J. Ford, The Legacy of Liberty and Property, pg. 84

"It was the planting of families, churches, and representative government, rather than discoveries of gold or plundering of native riches, that ultimately ensured the success of Virginia. Consequently, the English colonies were not seen as places for temporary profit or fleeting gain. They were seen as England's own society planted in America, which secured a more rewarding and enduring possession of liberty and property."