The first settlers <ul><li>On December 20, 1606, three ships set out from London, England. The Susan Constant, the Godspeed and the Discovery carried 144 people. They were headed for the New World. </li></ul><ul><li>The ships reached what is now Virginia on April 26, 1607. They sailed into Chesapeake Bay (see map). There, one voyager wrote, they found "fair meadows and goodly tall trees." They built a fort and named it after their king, James. </li></ul>
The Virginia Company sent three ships of settlers to the New World in December 1607. They set up the first colony in America. They named it Virginia. These settlers named their new settlement Jamestown in honor of the English King James. The king had sent them to the New World to set up trade between America and England. The group consisted of 105 men and boys led by John Smith. <ul><li>Top: A crewmember in the ship’s hold </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom: Women came on later voyages to the New World. </li></ul>
The Virginia Company financed the colony and had secured the settlers with promises of riches. Many were what John Smith called "gentlemen," who did not intend to work. They had been on the Atlantic for four months in small ships. After landing, the 104 settlers opened a sealed box that listed the names of the seven council members who were to govern the colony.
Indians in the West lived in wigwams like these <ul><li>The early Indians that settled in America followed the buffalo herds. They hunted the buffaloes for food and they used their hides to make blankets, clothing, shoes, and these wigwams. These wigwams were easy to take down and put back up. </li></ul>
Eastern Indian tribes like the Powhatans lived in houses like this