Virginia Colony founded at Jamestown

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Historical Context Note

Among the many European initiatives to establish trading posts and colonies on the Atlantic shore of North America, Jamestown achieves prominence because it survived, unlike Sir Walter Raleigh’s attempted settlements at Roanoke, 1585-87.

The foundation of Jamestown was undertaken under a charter granted by James I to the Virginia Company in London in 1606. The Company funded an expedition comprising three vessels -- the Susan ConstantDiscovery, and Godspeed under Captain Christopher Newport – which left England in January 1607, sailed south to the Canaries, then west to the Caribbean, pausing to restore themselves in what is now Puerto Rico. They reached the mouth of the …

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Editors. "Virginia Colony founded at Jamestown". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 April 2014
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