May 13, 1607: Colonists Arrive in Virginia to Found Jamestown
On this day in 1607, around 100 English colonists arrived at the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown. The settlers of the new colony were immediately besieged by attacks from Algonquian natives, rampant disease, and internal political strife. In their first winter, more than half of the colonists perished from famine and illness.
Explore Secrets of the Dead's Jamestown interactive.
Photo: 2008 photo of the remains of the 1639 Jamestown Church tower with 20th century reconstruction on the original foundations (Wikipedia).