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Colonial Jamestown In 1606 King James I set two companies the London and the Plymouth out with three instructions find gold find a route to the South Seas and find the Lost Colony of Roanoke Five months later and forty-five men less the London Company landed on a semi-island along the banks of a river the Indians knew as Powhatans River On May 13 1607 the first permanent British colony had been established in the form of a triangular fort The men named their fort Jamestown in honor of their King and named their land Virginia in honor or Queen Elizabeth I the Virgin Queen The company defined Virginia as the entire North American coast between 30 and 45N and extending inland for 50 miles 80 kilometers Virginia at one time stretched from southern Maine to California and encompassed all or part of 42 of the present 50 states as well as Bermuda and part of the Canadian province of Ontario Gale group At first the men believed they had found paradise The climate appeared mild and the natives had reacted friendly John Smith wrote Heaven and earth never agreed better to frame a place for mans habitations Colonial History Then the beautiful new world turned to blistering heat swarms of insects unfit water starvation fierce winters Indian attacks and shiploads of inappropriately-prepared Colonists whose breeding a contemporary said never knew what a days labor meant These were men often lesser scions of nobility with no future in overpopulated England who had been lured by the Virginia Company with promises of land and wealth--much as people were lured into going to California during the Gold Rush But there was no gold in Virginia and these prospectors didnt know how to farm didnt know how to hunt and--possibly feeling betrayed by the Virginia Companys promises and lacking any land of their own--were not known for their spirit of cooperation either among themselves
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