The English wanted a colony in North America. ... In 1585, about 100 English men arrived in Roanoke Island, near North Carolina. In 1587, more settlers came to Roanoke. Their leader, John White, returned to England to buy supplies.
The Virginia Company of England made a daring proposition: sail to the new, mysterious land, which they called Virginia in honor of Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, and begin a settlement. They established Jamestown, Virginia, on May 14, 1607, the first permanent British settlement in North America.
Starving Time at Jamestown in the Colony of Virginia was a period of starvation during the winter of 1609–1610. ... The colonists, the first group of whom had originally arrived at Jamestown on May 13, 1607, had never planned to grow all of their own food.
1612 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar and a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Julian calendar, the 1612th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD) designations, the 612th year of the 2nd millennium, the 12th year of the 17th century, and the 3rd year of the 1610s decade.
The first slaves were introduced into what eventually became the British colonies in 1619. Approximately twenty slaves arrived in Jamestown in 1619, which eventually led to the growth and development of slavery throughout the British colonies in North America.