The Virginia Company of London received a charter from King James I, in 1607, for a new colony.
In 1607, 104 men & boys arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, which they named after their king, James I.
However, a lack of leadership, unfriendly Native Americans, the swampy land breeding mosquitos that carried deadly diseases like malaria, famine/hunger, and the land not being suitable for farming led the colonists to suffer.
(John Smith) I will take leadership! Everyone must work hard!
Fortunately, with John Rolfe's leadership, the colony was saved.
John Rolfe also led the colonists to cultivate tobacco, which grew well in the hot southern climate. It was a crash crop, and became highly profitable when trading it with England.
(John Rolfe) Let's cultivate tobacco!
Now that Virginia is becoming profitable and attracting more immigrants, you are allowed to create a House of Burgesses, the first representative body in colonial America!
In 1624, the Crown took over the House of Burgesses, making it the first royal colony in the English Empire. Jamestown was the first successful colony in the Americas.