The Virginia Company

America, Singing

The colony of Jamestown was founded by a group of men called the Virginia Company in 1607. The Company's investors wanted the colony to turn a profit by growing cash crops or discovering valuable resources. Most of the men who went in the first year were in the upper-class, and they weren't used to doing hard labor.
The Jamestown settlers arrived too late in the year to plant crops, and settled on land that Native Americans had left open because it had bad soil. Two thirds of the men died before ships arrived the next year, bringing new settlers. The colony slowly grew over the following decades as more and more people decided to try their luck in the New World - or, in some cases, were forced to live there. <b>Choose what role you will play in the new colony of Virginia.</b>
Upper-class planter
Backwoods farmer
Indentured servant