Early Jamestown Virginia Summary

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August 18, 1590 John White returns to Roanoke and finds deserted land. After helping establish the first English settlement on the Island of Roanoke, off the coast of modern day North Carolina, John White reluctantly returned to England for supplies. Delayed by war for three years, he returns in 1590 to find the colonists are gone. It is still not known what happened to them. 1607 Virginia becomes the first colony. Virginia is founded under a patent for the London Company and becomes the first British colony in North America. Jamestown, Virginia is the first permanent English settlement. 1620 Massachusetts is founded. The King of England grants a charter to a group of Puritans to allow them to form a colony along the Massachusetts Bay.
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