The first permanent English settlement was Jamestown. Now, Jamestown was established in North America, and its establishment date was the year 1607.
Now, Jamestown was named after King James I of England. Now, there were a few contributing factors that led to the establishment of Jamestown.
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Now, one of these factors was the idea that England and Spain, during that period in history, were equal military European powers. For the first time by 1607, England and Spain was experiencing a period of peace.
Also, another factor was the idea that the Virginia Company was providing the financial support and the willing settlers. Now, the Virginia Company was a private corporation – that meant that they were putting up the investment, they were shouldering the cost, not the English crown or the English taxpayers. And they were responsible for promoting the settlers to come to Jamestown. Now, it’s important to note that the settlers were being lured to Jamestown by the Virginia Company by the idea of experiencing adventure, exercising religious freedom, and these settlers had the idea that they could continue as English subjects in North America.
So, we have the first permanent English settlement in North America at Jamestown. It was settled in 1607, and it was settled because you had some critical factors contributing to its establishment. There was peace between England and Spain, you had a private corporation – the Virginia Company – that was providing the money and promoting and luring settlers to Jamestown, and these immigrants were willing to come to Jamestown because they had the idea of meeting and experiencing adventure, having religious freedom, and continuing, even in North America, as English subjects.
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