An Unoccupied Site
“Do not offend the naturals,” advised the Council of the Virginia Company of London. An estimated 15,000 Virginia Indians dwelt in Tidewater Virginia in 1607 and their goodwill was needed by the newcomers. The future site of Jamestown, although likely serving as a seasonal hunting preserve for the nearby Paspahegh, was unoccupied when the three ships landed there May 13, 1607.
Did You Know?
Before the English arrived in Virginia in 1607, one of Powhatan’s priests predicted that he and the Powhatan people would be conquered by a people who came from the east.