Jamestown: Where it All Began

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A look inside the first English settlement in what is now the United States of America.

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TIME graphic by Lon Tweeten, Jackson Dykman, and Feilding Cage
SOURCES:James Horn, vice president of research, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation; William Kelso, director of Archaeology, Historic Jamestowne; J. Frederick Fausz, "An 'Abundance of Blood Shed on Both Sides': England's First Indian War, 1609-1614" in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 98 (1990); maps courtesy Jamestown Settlement history museum; Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities; National Park Service; Writings with Other Narratives by Captain John Smith (2007; Library of America)