Reasons for Founding the Colonies
105 men landed at Chesapeake Bay and founded Jamestown, made up of mostly gentlemen.
- Chose a river ('James') with a north-west bend in hope of finding passage to Asia
- To find gold
- To trade with Indians for food, who also taught colonists how to grow exotic crops
Proprietary colony owned by Lord Baltimore. Most servants (many indentured) were Protestant.
- Refuge for English Catholics who were being persecuted as James I was Protestant.
- To set up plantations.
Middle class; farmers; merchants; fishermen. Fewer indentured servants as no plantations, and…