History is more than a date, a place or an event. History is the story of people: their struggles, their successes and their failures. The story of a date, place or event is profoundly influenced by its people. By understanding this, we realize that we, ordinary everyday folk, are making history each day of our lives. By studying the people of the past, we can learn who and what we are and perhaps where we are heading.
Check out our Fact Sheets on personalities of Jamestown. As you read these short biographies of the men and women who helped found and shape Jamestown put yourself in their place. Would you have made the same decision? How would you have done it differently? It is not out of the realm of possibility that you may be the next great explorer helping to establish the first colony on the moon or the planet Mars. Remember, YOU ARE THE HISTORY MAKER OF TODAY.
Did You Know?
The land the English settled in 1607 was already home to more than thirty Powhatan Indian tribes. Each tribe had its own chief (weroance/weroansqua) who was “ruled” by paramount chief (mamanatowick) Powhatan. This Powhatan Chiefdom spanned all of tidewater Virginia and parts of the Eastern Shore. More...