The First Permanent English Settlement

May 1607

Jamestown was founded on May 1607 and was named after the king of England. Captain John Smith worked hard to keep the settlement thriving. But, he could not have done this without the help of Chief Powhatan who traded food for English goods. In 1612 a Jamestown settler named John Rolfe found a new way to grow tobacco. It was became very popular and was shipped to England. John Rolfe is also known to have married Powhatan's daughter, Pochahontas.