Settlements in Virginia

On May 14, 1607, one hundred London men arrived in three ships at Chesapeake Bay. They founded the first permanent English Colony in America. Virginia was perfect for their settlement because it was located on the coastline and provided the them with a source of travel and resources. They also started the Virginia Company which was an ENglish firm that sent people to America. This allowed them to find gold and other valuable resources and then ship whatever they found to England

James Town

The who arrived in Virginia found a site thirty miles upstream of a river and called this place Jamestown after the English King, James I. In the beginning the colony was led by Captain John Smith and it suffered from disease, starvation, and Indian resistance. Virginia Company didn't find any gold in the beginning. They salvaged the economy in the form of tobacco which changed the environment and history of Virginia forever. John Rolfe cultivated a variety of that sold really well in England boosting Virginia's Economy. Tobacco quickly became the cash crops of Virginia.

Type of Colony

Virginia was a colony that was very dependent on slaves. Because tobacco was such a large cash crop, people invested heavily on plantations and farms. These massive farms required labor force that was inexpensive and that came in bulks. The easiest option was slaves. The middle passage-the sea voyage that carried African Slaves to North America-carried many slaves to Virginia. The law of the the land from 1624 mandated that white Virginians worship in the Church of England and support its upkeep with taxes. Despite establishment of the Church of England there was still diversity in Virginia and Protestant Churches could also exist. The Virginia Company established a legislative assembly that was similar to England's Parliament called the House of Burgesses. The House of Burgesses was the first legislative assembly established in Virginia.
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John Rolfe

John Rolfe was born in May 6, 1585 and died on 1622 in Varina Plantation, VA. He stepped into history in May of 1609 when he stepped on the ship bound for Virginia. John Rolfe and the fellow survivors struggled in Virginia through starvation, diseases, and native attacks. In 1612 John Rolfe started experimenting with tobacco. Tobacco flourished in Virgina and soon enough they started shipping it to England. In 1613 the Indian princess Pocahontas was introduced into John's life. They fell in love and got married. In 1616, Rolfe and his family traveled to England to support the Virginia company and the colony and upon his return he got more involved in the government.

Bacon's Rebellion

Tuesday, June 2nd 1676 at 3pm

Williamsburg, VA 23185, United States

Williamsburg, VA

Bacon's Rebellion is one of the first uprising against the Virginia Company and the House of Burgesses. The Bacon’s Rebellion was an uprising made up of largely poor whites in Virginia who wanted land and the colonial government to take harsher actions towards American Indians. Their actions caused many Native Americans to flee the region and seek new places to live. The rebellion was put down, and the Virginia House of Burgesses passed laws to regulate slavery so that the poor colonist would no longer side with the slaves against the rich white colonist.