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Colony of Virginia

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Trivia powered by Prof. Walter1. The Colony of Virginia was named in the 16th century for Queen Elizabeth I, the "Virgin Queen" who never married.

  • True or False?

2. Where was the first English settlement in the New World?

  • Plymouth
  • Popham
  • 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 England?

  • 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 Godspeed, and 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 Sea 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?

  • Bermuda
  • Bahamas
  • Cuba

7. One of the seven ships of the Third Supply which had arrived at Jamestown in 1609 after becoming separated from the Sea Venture, 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 Sea 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?

  • 1624
  • 1634
  • 1654

Colony of Virginia
(Answers)

  1. True
  2. Roanoke Island
  3. King James I
  4. Phippsburg, Maine
  5. Cape Henry
  6. Bermuda
  7. Samuel Argall
  8. 10 miles
  9. John Rolfe
  10. 1624

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