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.

  • Historic Jamestowne5 stars

    Earlier this month, archeologists confirmed "the first scientifically-proven occurrence of survival cannibalism in Colonial America. The collaboration was driven by the archaeological discovery of a partial human skull and tibia during excavation of an early 17th-century trash deposit in Jamestown." Read Jane's Story to learn more about the settler's fight for survival during the era known as "the starving time."

  • History is Fun: Jamestown Settlement4 stars

    This official Jamestown Settlement website is managed by an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia, but in addition to the events calendar and other touristy details, there is also this one-page history brief, a video about the economy of 17th century Jamestown, and a chronology of important Jamestown events. "The first two English women arrived at Jamestown in 1608, and more came in subsequent years. Men outnumbered women, however, for most of the 17th century."

  • Jamestown Rediscovery5 stars

    "Excavations began in 1994 with the hopes of finding some evidence of the original 1607 James Fort, for over two centuries thought lost to river shoreline erosion. Today, archaeologists have rediscovered much of the fortification and have recovered over a million artifacts that tell the true story of Jamestown." Site highlights include the interactive map of found artifacts, and the hyperlinked History of Jamestown article.

  • National Geographic Kids: On the Trail of Captain John Smith5 stars

    Adapted from the National Geographic book "John Smith Escapes Again!", this eight-part series of animated video and interactive games tells the story of Captain John Smith and Jamestown. "Two-thirds of the men will not survive their first year in American. But the Jamestown colonists will succeed in establishing the first permanent English settlement in what now is the United States."

  • Virtual Jamestown5 stars

    A joint project of Virginia Tech, and University of Virginia, Virtual Jamestown was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1999, and was part of the 400th Jamestown anniversary celebration in 2007. Its resources include a "digital archive of images, artifacts, maps, rare documents, censuses, and other data for teachers, researchers, genealogists, students, and the general public who want to explore the meaning of Jamestown in the American experience."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


    Cite This Page

  • Feldman, Barbara. "Jamestown Settlement." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 7 May. 2013. Web. 3 Dec. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/jamestown-settlement/ >.


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