Saturday, May 22, 2010

The London Company

The London Company was chartered in 1606 as an English joint stock company which would populate the Virginia colony for a profit. The company first transported indentured servants, then offered land. The following year it established Jamestown. From 1609 to 1627 it owned all the territory around Jamestown to Virginia Beach. The company engaged in trade with Bermuda until 1614. Unfortunately, Powhatan massacred half the European population on the peninsula. King James I made Virginia a royal colony in 1627. The London Company published 27 books and pamphlets about the province from 1609 to 1627 which included some passenger lists. This collection is difficult to find, however, the Genealogical Society of the
Morman Church in Salt Lake City has several, as well as the Atlanta Public Library downtown.

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