Virginia came into existence with the settlement of Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America, in 1607. The colony was founded by the Virginia Company of London, which in 1606 had received a royal charter from King James I to create settlements in the New World. In 1624, the company’s charter was revoked and Virginia became a royal colony. Virginia was not only the oldest British settlement in colonial America, it was also one of the most populous. It was the scene of many of the major events and home to some of the most important figures of early American history.

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