Jamestown was England’s first permanent colony in
America. Planned to be a trading settlement to make
money for 650 investors who bought stock from the
Let’s venture our £££, so we can
make £££ from gold and furs, and
stuff like that.
Maybe now I’ll have
The investors invested (or ventured) their money, so that they could
make money from lumber, gold, and furs, to fill their lonely, oh so lonely
lives. Poor suckers.
The boundaries were the 34th and 41st parallels from sea
to sea, but they had no idea how big this was!
Virginia’s boundaries were more
than half the United States!
1607- The Virginia company’s recruits
(105 men) sailed to Virginia on three ships.
The men settled 30 miles up the James River on a marshy
peninsula. Then they would be governed by a council
designated by the Virginia Company.
We will name this Jamestown for King
Even though I’m in
America, I have the
same rights as if I
I wish I were in the
were in England!
New World, since
they have the same
rights as us in
Virginia and England had the same rights. In
the Virginia Company’s charter King James
1 granted Virginians “the same liberties… as
if they had been abiding and born with in
this our ream of England.”
The Virginians built a fort, dug for gold, and searched
For a passage to China. However, they failed to plant
Enough crops for food; by winter, famine and disease
Killed all but 38 men.
work , shall
1608- Captain John Smith, 27-year-old
swashbuckling soldier-of-fortune took
charge and saved the colony by imposing a
WORK ETHIC. (Half the settlers were
gentlemen unaccustomed to work.)
The hard work made the men's hands blister causing
them to swear. Smith stopped the swearing by
pouring water down the mans sleeve.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Chieftain
of the Powhatan
Confederacy(about 9,000) was
discussing the Englishmen at
Werowocomocotook, his village
that was fourteen miles away from
No, let’s wait and see.
We should kill Maybe we can trade with
them now them.
take our land!
12. The 13 year old Indian Princess, Pocahontas, befriended the English-
after saving Captain John Smith’s life when the Powhatan Indians
captured him. This friendship began the period of good relations called
the Peace of Pocahontas.
Thank you so
couldn’t do it
without you, all
this food and
In 1612 John Rolfe discovered a new
way to cure tobacco. This quickly
became a hit in England.
Your new tobacco is
bringin in the dough! Yes?
Later in 1617 Pocahontas died
and the Peace of Pocahontas
came to an end.
1614- Jon Rolfe wedded Pocahontas, who then
became Christian and began to wears English
clothing. Later in 1617 she was brought to
London, England by The Virginia Company to
promote Virginia Lottery, and to be introduced with
King James I.
The House of Burgesses
started meeting in July 1619
in Jamestown. About 157
years later, in 1776, the
leaders from the Virginia
assembly grew accustomed to
political freedom, and would
lead the other colonies to
independence from England.
I have 100 acres plus
Everyone 100 more because
gets 100 for every person you
acres of broght from England
land… that’s you get 50 acres
what I have more.
and got 50
I have lots of land… I
brought over lots of
people and was
You were aloud to have private ownership of land. Each pre-1616 settler got 100
acres of land free. For every person you brought in from England you got 50
acres of land and that person gets 50 acres of land too.
In 1696, 90 woman came to Jamestown to be wives of the settlers. Each man
paid 120 pounds of tobacco to have a bride sent.
Twenty Africans were kidnapped and sold to Jamestown by a
Dutch ship. They were agreed as servants until a prank was played
by the servants and they were asked to leave. Unfortunately in
the 1600’s Black servants turned into Black slaves.
Powhatan Indians attacked Jamestown on
Good Friday slaughtering ¼ of the colony.
Along with disease, the settlers fought
back killing 8/9 of the tribe by 1700.
company is failing!
Because of them I
will assign them a
government and a Jolly oh sir!
1624- King James 1 didn’t like the representative government. So he used the Virginia companies
problems as an excuse to take away the companies charter so he could make it a royal colony.
Then he got rid of the house of Burgesses, even though the members of the house met anyways.
Then in 1639 his son King Charles 1 remade the house of Burgesses. The Virginia area was doing
very well with the royal rule , but did not their be a legislative self government.
Sir William Berkeley served as one of the first royally appointed governors of Virginia.
Although an able ruler, he had no use for liberty.
I thank god there are no free
schools, nor printing……for learning
has brought disobedience, and
heresy, and sects into the world, and
printing has divulged them, and libels
against the best government. God
keep us from both.
Or in modern day
I am the first!!! terms:
Ha ha ha ha……
Omg!!!!!! I m like way happy that like
there isnt ny like free schools, or printing.
Learning like makses peple like not
listen..printing hs like made da world split..
And I like hope that god like prevents
these from happening for evr.
Governor Berkeley levied taxes, while denying frontiersmen a voice in the government and protection
against invading Indians in 1670. Also in the 1670s frontier settlers in western Virginia rebelled against
the rule of Governor Berkeley.
No I’m too
Oh no! im
Well I guess
1676 – Bacon’s Rebellion
Nathaniel Bacon led frontiersman in a rebellion against Gov. Berkeley. Bacon’s
wins but dies of a sudden illness and the rebellion ends. However, the damage
is done. Within in 20 years the capital of Virginia is moved from Jamestown to
Williamsburg and Jamestown is abandoned.