Colony of Virginia
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The Colony of Virginia was named in the 16th century for Queen Elizabeth
I, the "Virgin Queen" who never married.
2. Where was the first English settlement in the New World?
- Roanoke Island
3. In 1603, England was financially pressed following years of war with
Spain. To raise funds to explore the New World, to bring back gold and
other riches and seek the Northwest Passage to the Middle East and India,
he granted a proprietary charter to two competing branches of the Virginia
Company, which were supported by investors. These were the Plymouth
Company and the London Company. In 1603, who became the new monarch of
- Queen Alice
- King James I
- King Henry V
4. About 120 colonists left Plymouth on May 31, 1607 in two ships.
Colony leader George Popham sailed aboard the Gift of God, while
second-in-command Ralegh Gilbert traveled on the
Mary and John. Arriving
in August 1607, these Plymouth Company colonists established their
settlement, known as the Popham Colony. What is the current community that
the colony was built?
- Phippsburg, Maine
- Popham, Connecticut
- Ocean City, Maryland
5. The London Company hired Captain Christopher Newport to head its
expedition. In December 1606, he set sail from England with his flagship,
the Susan Constant, and two smaller ships, the
the Discovery, with 144 men and boys, 40 of whom died while at sea.
Where is the first spot that the expedition landed?
- Cape Cod
- Cape Henry
- Cape Charles
6. For the Third Supply, the London Company had a new ship built. The
Venture was specifically designed for emigration of additional
colonists and transporting supplies. It became the flagship of the Admiral
of the convoy, Sir George Somers. The Third Supply was the largest to
date, with 8 other ships joining the Sea Venture. A few days out of
London, the 9 ships of the Third Supply mission encountered a massive
hurricane in the Atlantic Ocean. They became separated during the three
days the storm lasted. What did they discover?
7. One of the seven ships of the Third Supply which had arrived at
Jamestown in 1609 after becoming separated from the
whose fate was unknown. Depositing his passengers and limited supplies, he
had returned to England with word of the plight of the colonists at
Jamestown. Who was the ship's captain?
- Samuel Argall
- John Henry
- James Wentworth
8. Just after the survivors of the Starving Time and those who had
joined them from Bermuda had abandoned Jamestown, the ships of the new
supply mission sailed up the James River with food, supplies, a doctor,
and more colonists. Thomas West, "Lord Delaware" was determined
that the colony was to survive, and intercepted the departing ships. How
far had the ships leaving Jamestown had gone downriver?
- 10 miles
- 100 miles
- 500 miles
9. Onboard the departing ships was a businessman from London. He was a
Venture survivor who had lost his wife and son in Bermuda. He had some
untried seeds for new, sweeter strains of tobacco with him, as well as
some untried marketing ideas. Who was the businessman?
- John Rolfe
- John Smith
- John Reynolds
10. In 1624, the Virginia Company's charter was revoked by King James I
and the Virginia Colony was transferred to royal authority as a crown
colony. What year did it happen?