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Jamestown. The Virginia Company, a joint-stock company, was granted a charter by King James I to found a colony on the eastern shores of North America. Joint Stock Company = Modern Public Corporation Investors pool money to serve as capital for company with possibility of profits for each

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Founding of jamestown

  • The Virginia Company, a joint-stock company, was granted a charter by King James I to found a colony on the eastern shores of North America.

    • Joint Stock Company = Modern Public Corporation

    • Investors pool money to serve as capital for company with possibility of profits for each

  • John Smith Leads first settlement group

Founding of Jamestown


Early problems and solutions

Early Problems and Solutions


Solutions for jamestown

Solutions for Jamestown


New leadership and success

New Leadership and Success


Colonial self government

Colonial Self Government


Labor issues

  • Former indentured servants… strict discipline

    • No $ to buy land, can’t vote, NO rights

    • Have to move to frontier

    • Constantly battling Natives

    • Oppressed- high taxes, no protection from Native Americans

    • Sir William Berkely abused power & ignored needs of settlers

Labor Issues


Rebellion

  • Nathaniel Bacon (hates Natives) raises an army 1676 because House of Burgesses and Governor refuse to act

  • Angry that frontier colonists are NOT represented in House of Burgesses

  • Gov. Berkeley calls Bacon’s army “illegal” so Bacon sets fire to Jamestown

  • Exposed the growing power of the colony’s former indentured servants

    • Indentured servitude is outlawed

    • Slavery becomes dominant form of Labor

  • Wealthy try to get a tighter grip on their power

Rebellion


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