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Updated: 10/10/2020
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  • 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.
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