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Jamestown Colony of Virginia Timeline

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  • 1607 CE - 1699 CE
    Jamestown Colony of Virginia becomes the first permanent English colony in North America.
  • 1607 CE - 1609 CE
    Jamestown Colony of Virginia struggles to survive.
  • 1609 CE - 1610 CE
    The Starving Time of the Jamestown Colony; colonists are forced to resort to cannibalism.
  • 1610 CE - 1611 CE
    Jamestown Colony begins to thrive after the introduction of tobacco crop and reorganization of the settlement.
  • 1611 CE - 1619 CE
    John Rolfe's tobacco blend becomes lucrative cash crop; Jamestown investors become rich.
  • 1611 CE - 1619 CE
    Systematic removal of native Powhatan tribes from their lands as more colonists arrive in Jamestown from England.
  • 1619 CE
    House of Burgesses is convened; first English representational government in the Americas.
  • 1619 CE
    First African slaves arrive in Jamestown; possibly treated as indentured servants.
  • 1622 CE
    The "Indian Massacre" of the Jamestown colony when the Powhatan Confederacy fights for their land; over 300 colonists killed.
  • 1676 CE
    Bacon's Rebellion; Jamestown is burned in revolt over governor's pro-Native American and early settler's rights.
  • 1699 CE
    Jamestown is abandoned in favor of Williamsburg as colonial capital of Virginia.

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