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In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster.
The Far East has its Mecca, Palestine its Jerusalem, France its Lourdes, and Italy its Loretto, but America's only shrines are her altars of patriotism - the first and most potent being Jamestown; the sire of Virginia, and Virginia the mother of this great Republic.
Jamestown Settlement is a name used by the Commonwealth of Virginia 's portion of the historical sites and museums at Jamestown . Jamestown was the first successful English settlement on the mainland of North America . [ 1 ] Named for King James I of England , Jamestown was founded in the Colony of Virginia on May 14, 1607.