Place    From 4/5/1607 

Jamestown Settlement

Categories: Community / Clubs

Countries: USA

The first permanent English settlement in the Americas, and named by some as the place where the British Empire began.105 so-called 'adventurers' sailed in three ships, the 'Susan Constant', the 'Discovery' and the 'Godspeed'. The site of the settlement was chosen for its good defensible position, but it was too poor and remote for agriculture, swampy, plagued by mosquitoes, and only had brackish tidal river water which was unsuitable for drinking. In addition, the settlers arrived too late in the year to get crops planted, and in a few months, 80% of the party were dead. In spite of problems with supplies, mismanagement and attacks from local Indians, the settlement survived and prospered.

Note that these settlers were well in advance of the better-known Mayflower pilgrims who set sail in 1620.

Credit for this entry to: Alan Patient of www.plaquesoflondon.co.uk

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Jamestown Settlement

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Captain John Smith

{On the front of the plinth:} Captain John Smith, citizen and cordwainer, 15...

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Jamestown tree

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Virginia Settlers Memorial

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Empire Day

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Event, Community / Clubs

1 memorial
Dick Moy

Dick Moy

Richard Francis Moy was born on 6 May 1932, the son of Richard Albert Moy (1902-1971) and Doris Winifred Garrood (1907-2009). His birth was registered in the 2nd quarter of 1932 in the Lambeth regi...

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1 memorial
Cy Grant Trust

Cy Grant Trust

A Facebook group remembering the performer Cy Grant.

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1 memorial
Daphne Doreen Abbs

Daphne Doreen Abbs

Daphne Doreen Abbs was born as Daphne Doreen Miles on 25 September 1930. She was the youngest of the three children of Gilbert Redvers Miles (1900-1958) and Lily Rose Miles née Lines (1901-1974). H...

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1 memorial