Jamestown was named after King James I.
Video transcript: <br></br> When we think about America we have to take a step back and look at how it all started. The first British colony to be settled in the new world was on an island just off the coast of present day North Carolina. The settlement was on the Roanoke Island and it called the Roanoke Colony. <br></br> Sir Walter Raleigh authorized the colonization of North America and sent forth two ships. These ships were sent out in 1584 and afterwards he sent three more ships with 117 people. The leader of the expedition went back to England for more supplies and upon his return to the Roanoke Colony in 1590, he found the settlers had all varnished. Even today the fate of the Roanoke Colony remains a mystery. <br></br> Almost twenty years later King James I gave rights to two companies to settle and trade along the Atlantic coastline. The Virginia Company was authorized to build settlements in the south from Virginia to New York. The Plymouth Company was allowed to settle north from Maine to the Chesapeake Bay. Many of us know the story of how the pilgrims came to the New World for religious freedoms and how they colonized in Massachusetts. <br></br> The first successful colony, however, was called Virginia, and it all started with the settlement of Jamestown. Jamestown was the result of the Virginia Company and their determination for survival and financial rewards. Oh and did you know that Virginia was named for the virgin Queen Elizabeth I, and Jamestown was named after King James I. <br></br> The Virginia Company decided to build their settlement in the southern part of the Atlantic coastline. In 1606, three vessels set sail for the James river and headed out to the new world. The ships were comprised of 105 men. The ships were the Susan Constant, the Discovery, and the Godspeed. The Susan Constant was the largest of the three with Captain Christopher Newport at her controls. <br></br> The ships travelled to the high seas from one continent to the other. They reached the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay in spring of 1607. Newport and his ships approached the river that they named James in honor of the king. They travelled north until they reached a small peninsula. The Virginia Company advised the settlers to build inland so they would be free of attack from Spanish warships. They finally ended their journey 35 miles up the river at the site that would be the future settlement known as Jamestown. Thus the second settlement by the British had begun in the new world. <br></br> The colonists all men lived for their dreams in constant search of treasures and wealth. What they failed to do was prepare themselves for the upcoming winter months... ... <br></br> Thanks for watching!