The 1st Permanent English Colony

The Start

The colony of Virginia , located in the Southern part of the New World, was founded by England in efforts to find gold and other valuable resources to ship back to England. This was done through the Virginia Company, which sent people to America to accomplish this. Although no gold was found, tobacco started to be cultivated and became Virginia's major cash crop. This resulted in an influx of slavery which flourished their agricultural society.


The Virginia company established a legislative assembly called the House of Burgesses that mirrored England's parliament. Colonists followed the Anglican Church, coming straight from England. Colonists with no land and slaves revolted against the governor for more land. This was known as Bacon's Rebellion. These colonists wanted to push the Native Americans further out to make more land available to them.
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