• Structure 17, Glassblowing and Island Drive

    Historic Jamestowne

    Part of Colonial National Historical Park Virginia

Jamestown, A Place of many Beginnings

Walk in the steps of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas where a successful English colonization of North America began.  Despite early struggles to survive, the 1607 settlement evolved into a prosperous colony.  As the colony expanded, the Virginia Indians were pushed out of their homeland.  In 1619, the arrival of Africans was recorded, marking the origin of slavery in English North America.

Did You Know?

Water color portrait of Sir Walter Raleigh

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.