• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Why Settle on Jamestown?

Jamestown's swampy environs claim yet another victim in this painting by NPS artist Sydney King
Jamestown's swampy environs claim the life of yet another 17th-century English settler in this painting by NPS artist Sydney King.
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A disease-ridden, bug-infested swamp with bad water: what a place to found a colony! But there were advantages as well to what was chosen as the site of the first permanent English settlement in North America.

To learn more about each reason contributing to the selection of Jamestown in 1607, click on the title next to each of the six images below.

 
 
 
 
 
 

Did You Know?

Tree ring section showing drought periods 1587-1589 and 1606-1612

Dendrochronology, the study of tree rings, indicates the Jamestown colonists arrived during the worst drought period in over 800 years for the lower Chesapeake Bay area of Virginia.