The Jamestown Roanoke Colony

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Jamestown was the first successful English New world colony it was undertaken by adventurers and commercial entrepreneurs known as the Virginia Company of London in 1607. Jamestown was established after several earlier failed attempts by the English, notably the Roanoke colony, which was an attempt at settlement during the reign of Elizabeth I. The fate of the Roanoke colony remains somewhat of a mystery. Upon his return with supplies for the colony after a four-year delay due to the Anglo-Spanish War, John White, its governor, found the colony abandoned. The Jamestown colonists like those of Roanoke were woefully unprepared for the rigors of settlement in the New World. Further, many of the earliest settlers were men of lesser nobility and
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