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Important facts about the Virginia Colony


The first successful English colony in America

Virginia Company

the group that started the Virginia colony in order to make money.

Christopher Newport

led the expedition to the Virginia Colony; and was among the first to find the fall line of the James River.

The Susan Constant, the Godspeed, and the Discovery

The three ships that brought the Virginia colonists over from England.


the first settlement of the Virginia Colony.

John Smith

was the first leader of the colony.


saved John Smith and helped keep peace between the settlers and the Native Americans.

The Starving Time

The winter of 1609-1610, during which a lot of people starved to death.


the first money-maker for the Virginia Colony.

John Rolfe

The first person to make tobacco a money-maker in Virginia.


The first year of slavery in Virginia; until that time, Africans were treated as indentured servants.

Indentured Servants

people that had their trip to America paid for by someone else, and then worked as servants for that person for a period of years to pay for the trip.


a word meaning "the price of a ticket." People who wanted to come to America but could not afford it had their _____ paid for by someone else, then they worked for years to pay for it.

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