A Defensible Site
The narrow isthmus connecting Jamestown with the mainland was under water during high tide; the peninsula itself jutted into the James, affording the settlers a view several miles up and down the river from where they built their fort. Two and a half centuries later, Confederate earthworks would be constructed on the 1607 fort site.
Did You Know?
Sir Walter Raleigh made England’s first serious attempts to settle North America. He launched three expeditions; the third was John White’s Roanoke Island settlement, often called "the Lost Colony.