Welcome to Virginia

The first permanent English colony in North America

The Beginning

The Virginia Colony was founded in 1607 by John Smith and other colonists including John Rolfe backed by the London Company, at Jamestown. Our Colony was originally named after the business venture of the Virginia Company, an English firm that planned to make money by sending people to America to find gold and other valuable natural resources and then ship the resources back to England. Also Queen Elizabeth I was known as the virgin queen, hence the name VIrginia

No Gold But There's Tobacco

When the people of Virginia were sent to find gold, they failed at such task but quickly discovered the power of tobacco and thus began to be the biggest cash crop grown in Virginia.

Religion, Government

At first Virginia didn't have a specific religion which gave religious freedom for Baptists, Anglicans and others.

By 1775 Virginia was named a Royal Colony and was governed like one.

Economics and Trade: Virginia concentrated on agriculture and focused on growing and exporting tobacco, cotton, corn, vegetables, grain, fruit and livestock.

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Our History

The first English Colony was Jamestown discovered by colonists John Rolfe and John Smith.

John Rolfe discovered the first tobacco seed and exported the first tobacco crop which made tobacco Virginia's #1 cash crop. Indians attacked Jamestown. The people of Virginia believed to grow all this great tobacco to make Britain more profit they needed to get all of the Indians our of their territory and make it their own so they can make large tobacco growing farms. Later they realized that their land is way too big and they needed salves to keep their farms up and running. The famous story of Pocahontas happened in Jamestown, John Rolfe married Pocahontas. King James declares Virginia as a royal colony and the town of Williamsburg was established and became the capital of Virginia.

People To Remember

Queen Elizabeth I of England

Captain John Smith

John Rolfe