ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
May 14, 1607
Jamestown, Virginia Becomes the First
Permanent English Settlement in the New World
On this day in 1607, Jamestown, Virginia, was founded as "James Fort" after several earlier attempts. Soon after, the founder, London Company (which would later become Virginia Company), brought in Polish and Dutch colonists. It was the Dutch settlers that brought in the first African slaves in 1619, the first slaves in what would be the United States.