Today in History–May 14–the Library of Congress features Jamestown, Virginia, established on this day in 1607. The first winter was harsh and after eight months, only 60 of the 214 pioneers were still alive. By September of 1608, John Smith became a leader of Jamestown and the colony began to flourish. Learn more about the ups and downs of the Jamestown settlers by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources related to the first permanent British settlement in North America.
Jamestown primary source set (with teacher’s guide)
Jamestown primary source set from American Memory
John Smith’s Generall Historie of Virginia
Edward Maria Wingfield’s Discourse of Virginia
Ralph Hamor’s True Discourse of the Present Estate of Virginia