Virginia was given to the London company. Northern Virginia was
the Plymouth Company (which becomes the Massachusetts Bay
1607, the London Company brought 150 settlers
to Southern Virginia. They were still representing King James I
time, so they named the settlement Jamestown after King James
I. They named the James River after their king also.
Jamestown was covered
with mosquitoes, because of the swampy land it was made on.
Company of London Seal
Seal of the Massachusetts Bay Company
In the beginning
the colonists, the
first year was very hard. They had a very harsh winter, and only
colonists survived. John Smith helped Jamestown through a
lot of their trouble. He was experience in hard
survival, and knew what
to do. He made peace with chief Powhatan. Powhatan gave the
food and helped them during their first year. The
reason the colonists survived was because the
Native Americans helped them and
gave them food. The next winter,
after more colonists
and provisions arrived by ship, many colonists
died because of attacks from their neighbors and from starvation.
Right as winter was beginning to end, more ships came. The
than ready to go, but Lord Thomas de
la Warr wouldn't let
them go back to England.
Captian John Smith
The colonists learned how to grow crops with
the help of the Native Americans. John Rolfe started the trend of
growing tobacco. The southern colonies became very rich from
daily life of
the colonists in Virginia was working on their farms. The people
Virginia learned from horn books.