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The Virginia Company

Court Book
The Virginia Company
"Court Book"
Manuscript volume, 1624
Page 2 - Page 3 - Page 4
Manuscript Division
Purchase, 1829 (21C.6)

King James I chartered the Virginia Company of London in 1606 to establish a commercial venture in "Virginia," which included all lands in North America not occupied by the Spanish or French. The company founded the first permanent English settlement at Jamestown. Its records are an invaluable resource for the early settlement of America. Shown here are court proceedings for April 12, 1621.

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