Jamestown Settlement

Barbara J. Feldman

In 1607, thirteen years before the Pilgrims created Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, the first permanent English colony was founded at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The original colonists suffered a very rocky start, however, as just three later in 1610, only 60 colonists of the original 500 survived. With additional colonists arriving from the Old World, the settlement endured, and served as the capital of Virginia Colony for 83 years, from 1616 until 1699.