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  Jamestown, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jamestown (also known as Jamestown Island) was established in 1607 on the James River in what is currently James City County, Virginia, about 40 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and the entrance to the Chesapeake Bay and about 45 miles (70 kilometers) downstream and southeast of Richmond, Virginia.
The colonists chose Jamestown Island for their settlement largely because the Virginia Company advised them to select a location that could be easily defended from ocean-going navies of the other European states that were also establishing New World colonies and were periodically at war with England, notably the Dutch Republic, France and especially Spain.
Jamestown Festival Park was established at Jamestown Island in 1957 to mark the 350th anniversary of the founding of the Jamestown Settlement.
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 Jamestown (Virginia) - MSN Encarta
Jamestown (Virginia), former village of Virginia, the first permanent English settlement in America.
Jamestown was founded on May 14, 1607, by a small group led by Captain Christopher Newport, who was hired by the London Company to transport colonists.
Jamestown Festival Park, adjacent to the national park, has full-scale replicas of early ships and a re-creation of James Fort (1607).
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761559938/Jamestown_(Virginia).html   (290 words)

 Jamestown, Virginia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Back in Jamestown Rolfe married Jane Pierce and continued to improve the quality tobacco with the result that by the of his death in 1622 Jamestown was thriving as a producer tobacco and Jamestown's population would top 4 Tobacco led to the importation of the first fl slaves as well as women England in 1619.
In the 1670s the governor of Virginia was Sir Berkeley serving his second term in that Berkeley had previously been governor in the 1640s and was a scholar and playwright well as a veteran of the English Civil War and in his seventies.
The first phase of Jamestown's history ended 1699 when a decision was made not rebuild the statehouse which had burned down 1698 but instead move the capitol of to Middle Plantation which would soon be Williamsburg.
www.freeglossary.com /Jamestown,_Virginia   (2108 words)

 History Net-A Brief History of Jamestown, Virginia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
But there was no gold in Virginia, and these "prospectors" didn't know how to farm, didn't know how to hunt, and--possibly feeling betrayed by the Virginia Company's promises, and lacking any land of their own--were not known for their spirit of cooperation either among themselves, nor with the local Indians of the Powhatan confederacy.
In 1635, at the age of 20, Thomas returned to Virginia to reclaim his birthrights--both English ("Varina," the plantation--named for a variety of tobacco--on which he was born) and Indian, as his grandfather Powhatan had left him thousands of acres all around Jamestown.
Raleigh must have followed the Jamestown developments avidly from his cell, and even wrote a letter to Queen Anne in 1610, begging to be allowed to lend his services in person to the colony.
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 Wikinfo | Jamestown, Virginia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
They had only been at Jamestown for less than a fortnight when they were attacked on May 26 by Paspahegh Indians, who succeeded in killing two of the settlers and wounding ten more.
The first General Assembly of Virginia met in the Jamestown Church in 1619 and their first law was to set a minimum price for the sale of tobacco.
In 1622, an uprising led by Opechancanough led to the massacre of nearly 400 settlers, although Jamestown was spared from destruction due to the warnings of an Indian boy named Chanco.
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 Brad Cox, Ph.D.
But there was no gold in Virginia, and these "prospectors" didn't know how to farm, didn't know how to hunt, and--possibly feeling betrayed by the Virginia Company's promises, and lacking any land of their own--were not known for their spirit of cooperation either among themselves, nor with the local Indians of the Powhattan confederacy.
The dramatic success of Jamestown's tobacco crop is credited not only to Rolfe's importation of the Spanish strain, but to his finding better ways of growing and curing it.
A part of the problem in the early days of Jamestown was its population of men sold a promise of riches by the ever-recruiting companies.
www.virtualschool.edu /mon/SocialConstruction/Jamestown.html   (4123 words)

 Jamestown, Virginia: An Overview
Jamestown, Virginia, founded May 14,1607 under the auspices of the Virginia Company of London, has the distinction of being the birthplace of American slavery and democracy.
Jamestown was primarily a profit-oriented colony whose distant stockholders in England hoped to reap quick and easy riches from their initial investments.
Jamestown Festival Park became part of a historical reservation triangle of approximately fifteen square miles on the peninsula between the York and James Rivers encompassing Cape Henry (site of the first English landing on 26 April 1607) and Yorktown (the final battleground of the American Revolution and site of the British surrender in October 1781).
www.teach.virginia.edu /socialstudies/projects/jvc/overview.html   (1141 words)

 History of Jamestown
On May 14, 1607, the Virginia Company explorers landed on Jamestown Island, to establish the Virginia English colony on the banks of the James River 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.
Although the suffering did not totally end at Jamestown for decades, some years of peace and prosperity followed the wedding of Pocahontas, the favored daughter of the Algonquian chief Powhatan, to tobacco entrepreneur John Rolfe.
Jamestown remained the capital of Virginia until its major statehouse, located on the western end of the APVA property, burned in 1698.
www.apva.org /history/index.html   (904 words)

 Jamestown Books   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Warren M. Billings traces the history of Jamestown from the first landing in 1607, through the turbulent times of the early fort, growth of the colony, Bacon’s Rebellion, and the English Civil War, to the end of the 17th century, when the capital was moved to Williamsburg.
Jamestown Narratives is a one-cover, complete library of all surviving accounts from and about its first decade by members of the infant colony that was simultaneously the birthplace of the United States and the British Empire.
In "Jamestown: An American Legacy," author Martha W. McCartney recounts the people and events of the first permanent English settlement in North America, from the earliest prehistoric times to the recent archeological investigations that are uncovering many of Jamestown's mysteries.
store.apvastore.com /jamestown-books.html   (724 words)

 Not a Jamestown Bed and Breakfast, but Only Moments Away in Williamsburg, Virginia: Jamestown Settlement VA
The Jamestown Settlement is a living history museum and tells the story of the colonists who discovered and settled Jamestown, and describes the culture of the Powhatan Indians.
As the population of Jamestown increased, the colonists left the confines of the James Fort and built dwellings to the east.
Complementing Jamestown Settlement's gallery and living-history exhibits, the film traces the evolution of the Virginia Company that sponsored the Jamestown colony, examines the relationship between the English colonists and the Powhatan Indians, and chronicles events, such as the arrival of the first Africans in 1619, that helped shape the character of the nation.
www.boxwoodinn.com /jamestown.htm   (1118 words)

 Jamestown Settlement - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jamestown Settlement is a name sometimes used to describe the first permanent English settlement in North America established at Jamestown in the Virginia Colony in 1607.
Today, Jamestown Settlement is the promotional name used by the Commonwealth of Virginia's portion of the historical attractions at Jamestown.
It contains reconstructions of the three ships, the James Fort, and a Powhatan village as well as a museum and other amenities, and is adjacent and complementary to the Colonial National Historical Park and APVA Preservation Virginia's nearby site Historic Jamestowne, located at the site of the original 17th century settlement.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Jamestown_Settlement   (152 words)

 A Brief History of Jamestown, Virginia
A part of the problem in the early days of Jamestown was its population of inexperienced, unqualified men seduced with a promise of riches by the ever-recruiting companies.
Realizing that this would include many influential families [In Virginia, Pocahontas is considered "The Mother of Us All." Her progeny through Thomas Rolfe includes many aristocratic Virginia families, most notably the Bollings and Randolphs], legislators then declare that citizens with one sixteenth Indian blood were henceforth classified white.
Jamestown Settlement, a nearby living history museum, is run by a state agency, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation.
www.tobacco.org /History/Jamestown.html   (5739 words)

The Virginia Company of Plymouth was granted rights to the northern part of Virginia between 38º and 45º north latitude.
The Virginia Company of London, however, was better prepared to act on its rights to those lands between 34º and 40º north latitude, the southern part of Virginia.
The relationship between the natives and the settlers alternated between peace and war, but a potentially fatal blow was delivered by the Indians in a surprise attack in 1622.
www.u-s-history.com /pages/h519.html   (850 words)

 Today in History: May 14
The Jamestown colonists were led by Captain John Smith for their first two years in the settlement.
On July 30, 1619, under the provisions of the Virginia Company Charter, the House of Burgesses met in Jamestown to establish a uniform government over all the settlements, which became the first representative assembly of European Americans in the New World.
See Early Settlement of Virginia and Virginiola… in African American Perpsectives, 1818-1907 for an historical account from English sources and letters about Jamestown and the Virginia Company, including what is alleged to be a long-lost poem on Virginia by Shakespeare.
memory.loc.gov /ammem/today/may14.html   (661 words)

 Jamestown, Virginia, Rewritten History
Jamestown, founded on May 14, 1607 became known as the place where the English-speaking race cast first root overseas and where the United States began.
Captain John Smith was a strong man among them Jamestown, Virginia, is a place of beginnings for what was later to become the United States of America.
Those monuments of the original Jamestown tell a Christian story of a Christian people from a Christian point of view from the original place of the Jamestown settlement, in their own words.
www.christianparents.com /jamest1.htm   (3714 words)

 Jamestown (Virginia) - Search Results - MSN Encarta   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Dalton received 36.5 per cent of the total vote as compared to the 45 per cent he polled in his race with Thomas B....
The settlers could not adapt to frontier conditions and support themselves from the land.
Advanced Technology Institute Virginia, Amelia-Nottoway Vocational-Technical Center, Anthony's Barber Styling College, Appalachian School of Law,...
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 America's 400th Anniversary Signature Events
Ba-baah & the Windigo — The story of the 1607 arrival of the Jamestown settlers is magically told from the point-of-view of a young Indian girl and the indigenous animals.
The Virginia African American Forum, a Virginia-based grassroots organization, is planning a preview gala event at Jamestown Settlement in October 2006.
The Jamestown 400th Federal Commission is joined in sponsoring the culminating World Forum by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the College of William & Mary, and the Commonwealth of Virginia’s “Jamestown 2007” organization.
www.jamestown2007.org /se-signature-eventslist.cfm   (3985 words)

 Jamestown, Virginia
At the west end of the Colonial Parkway is Jamestown, the oldest British settlement on North American soil.
In the Jamestown Settlement are a re-creation of a Powhatan Indian village and replicas of the three ships that brought the settlers from England.
Statue of Captain James South, Governor of Virginia in 1608 in Jamestown.
www.planetware.com /virginia/jamestown-us-va-j.htm   (204 words)

 Jamestowne Society
The Jamestowne Society was organized for educational, historical, and patriotic purposes, and to that end:
To promote the restoration of historical records, documents, objects, and edifices which are of lasting cultural value to the people of Virginia and of the Nation.
To assist in the organization of state companies, reminiscent of the London and Virginia Company, in states where membership and interest justify them.
www.jamestowne.org   (199 words)

 Jamestown - Why There?
By 2007, the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, that historical imbalance will be corrected - but the role of Jamestown may be over-emphasized.
The English were not the first people to arrive in Virginia, just as Columbus was not the first person to realize the earth was round.
The English settled at Jamestown, a place chosen in accord with the original instructions to the colony (and in reaction to the Spanish killing 350 Frenchmen in 1565, when they blocked the effort of the French to establish Fort Caroline on the coast of Florida):
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 Drought: A Paleo Perspective -- Lost Colony and Jamestown Drought
A drought reconstruction, stretching back to 1185, indicates that the most severe growing season drought and the most severe three year period of drought in 800 years coincided with the disappearance of the Roanoke Island Colonists.
In addition, a reconstruction of the severe seven year drought (1606-1612) in Jamestown, accounted from documented historical records, likely played a part in the high death rate in the colony.
Only 38 of the original 104 colonists survived the first year (1607) at Jamestown and of the 6000 people that came to the settlement between the years of 1608-1624, only 3400 survived.
www.ncdc.noaa.gov /paleo/drought/drght_james.html   (269 words)

 America’s Historic Triangle – The Jamestown Story
People have lived in the Historic Triangle of Virginia for at least 10,000 years, and it is certain that the Spanish tried and failed to establish a Jesuit mission in the area in 1570.
The settlers' purpose was to make a profit for themselves and the Virginia Company of London, and fortunes had been promised.
Promoters told the English settlers that the Virginia colony was “a paradise inhabited by simple, friendly people.” And historian Warren M. Billings has observed, “The eager colonists landed expecting to subdue this land of plenty to their dominion and to profit handsomely from its uses.”
www.historictriangle.com /jamestown   (577 words)

 Jamestown 1607 - Visit Jamestown Virginia - African American Beginnings
Your tour begins at Historic Jamestowne, a National Park site, the first permanent English speaking settlement in North America and the first recorded arrival of Africans to Virginia in1619.
A graduate of Howard University Law School, Newsome was one of the first African-American attorneys to argue before the Virginia Supreme Court.
Your next stop is the Virginia Air and Space to see exhibits including the first fl aviators to fly for the U.S, in wartime missions.
www.jamestown1607.org /itineraries/JTitinerary_AFAM.asp   (973 words)

 Jamestown Settlement Home Page
They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World.
Today at Jamestown Settlement, the story of the people who founded Jamestown and of the Virginia Indians they encountered is told through film, gallery exhibits and living history.
New gallery exhibits and a new introductory film (opening October 16, 2006) trace Jamestown's beginnings in England and the first century of the Virginia colony and describe the cultures of the Powhatan Indians, Europeans and Africans who converged in 1600s Virginia.
www.historyisfun.org /jamestown/jamestown.cfm   (271 words)

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