Dominion and Colony of Virginia
By: Donovan Frazier
Why name it Virginia?
In 1607, members of a joint venture called the Virginia Company founded Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America on the banks of the James River. Famine, disease and conflict with local Native American tribes (the Powhatan Tribe) in the first two years brought Jamestown to the brink of failure before the arrival of a new group of settlers and supplies in 1610.
Named for Queen Elizabeth I of England (known as the Virgin Queen).
Here is an aerial view of the capital of Jamestown. It looks quite cozy.
Jamestown on Map
This image shows where Jamestown is on a map and what is around it.
Why was Virginia founded?
What is so special about Virginia?
Bacon's Rebellion- Bacon's Rebellion was an armed rebellion in 1676 by Virginia settlers led by Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of Governor William Berkeley. The colony's disorganized frontier political structure, combined with accumulating grievances (including leaving Bacon out of his inner circle, refusing to allow Bacon to be a part of his fur trade with the Native Americans, Indian attacks), helped to motivate a popular uprising against Berkeley, who had failed to address the demands of the colonists regarding their safety. About a thousand Virginians of all classes rose up in arms against Berkeley, attacking Native Americans, chasing Berkeley from Jamestown, Virginia, and ultimately torching the capital. The rebellion was first suppressed by a few armed merchant ships from London whose captains sided with Berkeley and the loyalists. Government forces from England arrived soon after and spent several years defeating pockets of resistance and reforming the colonial government to one more directly under royal control.
What impact does location have?
All other interesting information.
The trade that pertains to Virginia is Tobacco and Glass Artifacts. After receiving Tobacco seeds from Europe, Virginians began to export Tobacco to everyone. The Glass Artifacts were traded among themselves.
Religion and politics are intimately linked in Colonial Virginia. The Church of England practiced a form of Protestant Christianity that in some ways resembled Catholicism.
Virginia is a Royal Colony that was started by the Virginia Colony in hopes of discovering gold.