Virginia Colony

southern colony

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The first permanent English colony in North America was Virginia. The English were sent on a mission to find Gold and other natural resources. They set up legislative assembly called "The Virginia Company." sadly after finding no gold they found out how to cultivate tobacco.


The Virginia company located on the Atlantic coast of north america.

Geography of Virginia Mountains, valleys and coastal plain.

Their economy resources were mainly Plantation agriculture which involved tobacco, wheat, corn and then they had the iron industry

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The Virginia colony was a royal colony meaning it was controlled from colonial administration of the British overseas territories.

The Religion of the Virginia colony really wasn't established but it was mostly anglican meaning denoting the Church of England or any Church in communion with it.

Trade concentrated on agriculture and developed the plantations exporting tobacco, cotton, corn, vegetables, grain, fruit and livestock

Historical Events

(1699) Capitol building burned again; town of Williamsburg

established, designated as capital.

(1786) Statute of Religious Freedom passed; gave Virginians right to choose religion, church

Key people

In 1585 Sir Walter Raleigh led expeditions to both North America and South America in order to found new settlements and find gold. Raleigh sends several shiploads of colonists to the east coast of North America, who settle on Roanoke Island, and names Virginia in honor of Elizabeth, the Virgin Queen.

King James made Virginia a royal colony