Jamestown Colony Timeline

  • Jan 21, 1570

    York River Settlement

    York River Settlement
    Spanish Jesuits attempt a settlement along the York River, all were killed by Indians.
  • Period: Jan 21, 1570 to

    Jamestown Colony

  • English attempt settlement

    English attempt settlement
    Three seperate voyages by the English were attempted to settle on the coast of Virginia (now North Carolina). John White leaves the Roanoke Colony to travel to England for supplies. When he returned, no one was found.
  • Expedition sponsored by the Virginia Company of London

    Expedition sponsored by the Virginia Company of London
    104 colonists arrive at a site on the James River. The groups mission was to make a profit from the resources found at this site. They named the settlement King James 1
  • Captain Christopher Newport

    Captain Christopher Newport
    Newport returns to the Virgina Colony with supplies and additional settlers.
  • John Smith

    John Smith
    John Smith is elected president of the governing council in the fall of 1608
  • Smith heads back to England

    Smith  heads back to England
    Smith suffering from a gunpowder wound, returns to England to recover. He never returns
  • Expansion outside Jamestown

    Expansion outside Jamestown
    Expansion beyond the Jamestown settlement includes the development of Elizabeth City and Henrico.
  • Pocahontas

    Pocahontas is kidnapped by the English.
  • Tobacco

    John Rolfe ships a sample of tobacco to England. Tobacco was the 'golden weed' that would assure the colonies survival.
  • John Rolfe and Pocahontas

    John Rolfe and Pocahontas
    Pocahontas and Rolfe wed. This event aided in an eight year period of peace between the English and the Powhatan Indians.
  • Pocahontas

    Pochontas died in England
  • Legistative Assembly meets in Jamestown

    Legistative Assembly meets in Jamestown
    The first representative legislative assembly in Bristish America meets at Jamestown. First record of individuals of African origin documented in Virginia; arriving aboard English ships that were flying Dutch colors.
  • Plymouth Colony

    Plymouth Colony
    Plymouth colony was established in Massachusetts.
  • Charter of the Virginia Company revoked

    Charter of the Virginia Company revoked
    King James revokes the charter of the Virgina Company. Virginia becomes a royal colony.
  • Capital of Virginia moves

    Capital of Virginia moves
    The capital of Virginia moves to Williamsburg