Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Jamestown Women

After Jamestown’s establishment in 1607, there was concern as to whether white women had a place in the savage New World. By 1619, the Virginia Company of London realized the establishment of thriving communities would be impossible without the stabilizing influence of wives and arranged that “a fit hundredth might be sent of women, maids young and uncorrupt, to make wives to the inhabitants.” Following the arrival of “57 young maids” in 1622, most “were well married before the coming away of the ships.” Search: “The Virginia Colonial Records Project”.

Women Arrive At Jamestown


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