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Jeremy and Dorian
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On May 14, 1607, 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 attacks by other European states that were also establishing New World colonies and were periodically at war with England, notably the Dutch Republic, France, and Spain.The island fit the criteria as it had excellent visibility up and down the James River, and it was far enough inland to minimize the potential of contact and conflict with enemy ships. The water immediately adjacent to the land was deep enough to permit the colonists to anchor their ships, yet have an easy and quick departure if necessary. An additional benefit of the site was that the land was not occupied by the Virginia Indians, most of whom were affiliated with the Powhatan Confederacy. Largely cut off from the mainland, the shallow harbor afforded the earliest settlers docking of their ships. This was its greatest attraction, but it also created a number of challenging problems for the settlers.
The first representative assembly in English North America convened in the Jamestown church on July 30, 1619. The General Assembly met in response to orders from the Virginia Company “to establish one equal and uniform government over all Virginia” and provide “just laws for the happy guiding and governing of the people there inhabiting.” A few weeks later came the first arrival of Africans to Jamestown. These Africans became indentured servants, similar in legal position to many poor Englishmen who traded several years of labor in exchange for passage to America. (The legal system of race-based chattel slavery did not fully develop in Virginia until the 1680s.)
As Jamestown grew into a robust “New Town” to the east, written references to the original fort disappeared. In 1676 a rebellion in the colony led by Nathaniel Bacon sacked and burned much of the capital town. Jamestown remained the capital of Virginia until its major statehouse, located on the western end of the island, burned in 1698. The capital moved to Williams burg in 1699, and Jamestown began to slowly disappear above the ground. By the 1750s the land was heavily cultivated, primarily by the Travis and Ambler families.
Who made the travel?
Virginia Company of London sent an expedition to establish a settlement in the Virginia Colony in December 1606. The expedition consisted of three ships, the Susan Constant (sometimes known as the Sarah Constant), the Godspeed, and the Discovery. The Discovery was the smallest ship; the largest ship, the Susan Constant, was captained by Christopher Newport. The ships left Blackwall, now part of London, with 105 men and boys and 39 crew-members.
By: Jereme Boyette & Dorien Vaccaro
Economy of Jamestown
The Jamestown economy was based on trade and democracy ( one of the first places to ever use democracy.)
The original founder was the The London company, however due to harsh conditions most of the colonists died or where injured so they put charge John Smith. After put in charge, John lead the small colony in the the new land.
Types of religion
Jamestown had freedom of christian religion so any sort of Christianity was and still is allowed.
Types of people
In Jamestown there was large amount of farmers however there where also explorers looking to strike it rich in the new land and also the mass of pilgrims that went for religious freedom and to start a-new.