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In June of 1606 King James I granted a charter to a group of London entrepreneurs the Virginia Company to establish a English settlement in the Chesapeake region of North America By December 104 male settlers sailed from London instructed to settle Virginia and find gold and a water route to the Orient According to a list published by Captain John Smith Gentlemen made up about half of the group whose gentle birth suggests they knew nothing of or thought it their personal duty to tame a wilderness The rest were artisans artisans and laborers On May 13 1607 the Virginia Company explorers chose to settle on Jamestown Island along the James River 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay By one account they landed there because the deep water channel let their ships ride close to shore close enough to tie them to the trees Almost immediately the colonists were under attack from the Algonquian natives In a little over a months time the newcomers managed to build a wooden fort Three contemporary accounts and a sketch of the fort agree that its wooden palisade walls formed a triangle around a storehouse church and a number of houses While disease famine and continuing attacks of neighboring Algonquians took a tremendous toll on the population the eventual structured leadership of Captain John Smith kept the colony from dissolving The starving time winter followed Smiths departure in 1609 during which only 60 of the original 500 settlers survived That June the survivors decided to bury cannon and armor and abandon the town It was only the arrival of the new governor Lord De La Ware and his supply ships that brought the colonists back to the fort and the colony back on its feet Then when Pocahontas the favored daughter of the Algonquian chief Powhatan married tobacco entrepreneur John Rolfe some years of peace followed The first representative assembly in the New World convened
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