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Jamestown, VA
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Jamestown, VA

 (JPG) Jamestown, VA (918,979 bytes) ( 2,468 x 1,992 )
Jamestown, located on Jamestown Island in the Virginia Colony, was founded on May 14, 1607. It is commonly regarded as the first permanent English settlement in what is now the United States, following several earlier failed attempts. It was founded by the Virginia Company, headquartered in London. The location at Jamestown Island was selected primarily because it offered a favorable strategic defensive position against other European forces which might approach by water. However, the colonists soon discovered that the swampy and isolated site was plagued by mosquitoes and tidal river water unsuitable for drinking, and offered limited opportunities for hunting and little space for farming. The area was also inhabited by Native Americans. What became known as the Starving Time in the Virginia Colony occurred during the winter of 1609-10. Only 60 of 214 English colonists survived. Throughout the 17th century, Jamestown was the capital of the Virginia Colony. On October 20, 1698, the statehouse (capitol building) in Jamestown burned for the fourth time. In 1699, the capital of the Virginia Colony was officially relocated to Williamsburg, and the old town of Jamestown disappeared. The image was acquired on September 4, 2007, covers an area of 29.9 x 37 km, and is located at 37.2 degrees north latitude, 76.8 degrees west longitude.

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