jamestown heading

I. Native Women

II. First Women

III. More Women

IV. Cash Crop

V. Women's Lives

VI. Indentured Servant


VIII. Living Condition

IX. Family Life

X. Women's Work

XI. Fate of Jamestown

XII. Sources


Arrival of Englishmen in Virginia, Virtual Jamestown
Seventeenth Century Drawing of the “Arrival of Englishmen in Virginia," by Thomas Hariot
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Credit: Virtual Jamestown, Virginia
Center for Digital History, UVA

Susan Constant
Replica of the Susan Constant, one of the three ships to land at Jamestown
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Credit: American Online (AOL)

In May of 1607, 108 Englishmen landed on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay. They named the river that flows into the bay for the reigning English monarch King James I, and they called their settlement Jamestown. The region already was known as Virginia, named after Queen Elizabeth I, the Virgin Queen, who had died four years earlier.

The men were looking for gold and silver, hoping to return to England within one or two years. Establishing a permanent colony was not their intention. Although this is where the story usually begins, the habitation of the Chesapeake Bay goes back hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years.

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I. Native Inhabitants
II. The First Women of Jamestown
III. More Women Arrive
IV. The Cash Crop of the Colony
V. Women’s Lives in England
VI. Women as Indentured Servants
VII. Women as Wives
VIII. Living Conditions
IX. Family Life
X. Women’s Work
XI. The Fate of Jamestown
XII. Sources




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