The Jamestown Colony

  • The Colonists Choose Jamestown

    The Colonists Choose Jamestown
    The colonists chose Jamestown Island as a site for settlement because it met the London Company's instructions and it had a deep river channel nearby.
  • Captain John Smith

    Captain John Smith
    Captian John Smith went on an exploring and trading expidition and was captured by Powhatan hunting party and eventually taken before Cheif Powhatan.
  • New Settlers

    New Settlers
    A fleet with more than 300 new settlers arrived in Virginia. These people arrived tired and hungry. Their flagship carrying Sir Thomas Gates
  • Rebuilding the Colony

    Rebuilding the Colony
    After Gates left for England Del la warr set about rebuilding the colony and expanded the strict laws known as "Lawes Divine, Morall, and Martiall."
  • Pocahontas

    Pocahontas was baptized, married John Rolfe and was given her third name, Rebecca giving some peace between the Natives and English colony. John Rolfe Began Experimenting with tobacco seeds he got from the west indies.
  • Slavery began

    Slavery began
    Slavery began in Colonial America before the USA even existed. Slavery in Colonial America started in Virginia in 1619 because of the need to find cheap labor to produce cotton, tobacco, and other such goods.
  • The First Representative assembly in English America.

    The First Representative assembly in English America.
    After Cheif Powhatan died in 1618, the general assembly of Virginia, the first representative assembly in the English America and the assembly adopted the Virginia Company's instrustions and made some new laws.
  • The Mayflower Compact.

    The Mayflower Compact.
    The male settlers sign the Mayflower Compact, the first agreement for self-government in America. The compact calls for majority rule.
  • Pilgrims in Plymouth.

    Pilgrims in Plymouth.
    The pilgrims landed at Plymoth to establish a colony in "Nothern Virginia." It was agreed to by the Pilgrims aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
  • The Virginia Charter is revoked.

    The Virginia Charter is revoked.
    The Virginia Company was formed with a charter from King James I in 1606. The Company was a joint stock corporation charged with the settlement of Virginia. The leadership resorted to lotteries, searching for gold, and silkworm production to increase profits. The charter was finally revoked in 1624 and Virginia became a Crown colony, largely as a result of the Indian Massacre of 1622.
  • Chief Opechancanough

    Chief Opechancanough
    Chief Opechancanough leads Indians in an attack, killing nearly 500 colonists. But in October A resident in Jamestown shoots Chief Opechancanough, a prisoner, in the back.
  • After the Colony.

    After the Colony.
    Jamestown remained the capital of Virginia until its major statehouse, located on the western end of Preservation Virginia property, burned in 1698. The capital was moved to Williamsburg that year and Jamestown began to slowly disappear above ground. By the 1750s the land was owned and heavily cultivated, primarily by the Travis and Ambler families.