English arrives in North America


English arrives in North America


  • Intro

    The first permanent English colony in America was founded at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. The founder of the Jamestown settlement was the adventurer Captain John Smith, famous for being saved from execution by Pocahontas, the daughter of an Indian chief. A True Relation is his description of coastal Virginia, its local peoples, and the new English colony.


    On this map

    Smith published his detailed map of Virginia in 1612. As seen here, copies were often inserted into editions of A True Relation. The map is noted for its place names of American Indian origin, several of which are still used. They include Pamaunk (Pamunkey River) and Patawomeck (Potomac River). Iames-towne (Jamestown) is centre-left, just above the fold.


    John Smith, A True Relation of such Occurences and Accidents … in Virginia. London, 1608. G.7121

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