Jamestown, Virginia, And The First Permanent Settlement Essay

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Jamestown, Virginia is known as the first permanent English settlement in the Americas. The English first started the colony of Jamestown in May of 1607, and the settlement was named after King James. King James I granted permission for Virginia Company (104 English men), also known as London Company, which was known for commercial trading, to establish a English settlement in the Americas. Why Jamestown? They believed it met all the criteria to establish a permanent settlement; "The site was surrounded by water on three sides (it was not fully an island yet) and was far inland; both meant it was easily defensible against possible Spanish attacks. The water was also deep enough that the English could tie their ships at the shoreline - good parking! The site was also not inhabited by the Native population." Once the location was set, Virginia Company chose council members. The first council men of Jamestown include Christopher Newport, George Kendall, John Martin, Bartholomew Gosnold, John Ratcliffe, and John Smith. While Edward Winfield was appointed as the first president of the Jamestown colony. Shortly, after arriving to the settlement the colony was attacked by the native Indians. The colony knew they needed to be more protected and ready for any further attacks. In June 1607, they completed a fort surrounding the settlement, and it was in the shape of a triangle. All three corners were armed and ready for any surprise attack from the native Indians or the Spanish.…

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