Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jamestown Settlement!

In 1607, 13 years before the Pilgrims landed in Massachusetts, a group of 104 English men and boys began a settlement on the banks of Virginia's James River. They were sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, whose stockholders hoped to make a profit from the resources of the New World. The community suffered terrible hardships in its early years, but managed to endure, earning the distinction of being America's first permanent English colony.

We had a great time visiting Jamestown. They had replicas of the Susan Constant, Godspeed and the Discovery ships, we went on the Susan Constant. We got to walk all over the ship. They also had a Powhatan Indian Village set up so we could see how they lived. After seeing the Powhatan Indian village we were able to see the James Fort, the James Fort has three bulwarks at the corners for defense, a triangular-shaped fort was home to Jamestown's earliest colonists.
Went to see the Glass House ---- Glassblowing was one of the Jamestown colonists’ first attempts at industrialization and manufacturing in America. In 1608, the Virginia Company of London brought several German and Polish glassblowing artisans to Jamestown, Virginia to set-up glass works in the new colony.

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