Virginia Colony on American History Central


Virginia was the first permanent English Colony in North America, and was one of the 13 Original Colonies that declared independence from Great Britain in July 1776, establishing the United States of America.

Virginia was the first successful English Colony and started with the establishment of Jamestown in 1607. It was a business venture, intended to mine gold and silver, which were never found. Around 1612, John Rolfe planted a new kind of tobacco that was successful and became Virginia’s first Cash Crop.

Essential Facts

  • Year Founded — 1607
  • Founded By — The London Company of Virginia
  • General Assembly Established — 1619
  • Region Southern Colonies, Chesapeake Colonies

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  • Article Title Virginia Colony on American History Central
  • Date 1607–1776
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  • Keywords Virginia Colony Guide
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date July 22, 2024
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update June 24, 2024