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Headless Skeleton Unearthed in Jamestown May Belong To America’s First Governor

Posted by Jean-Yves on Aug 2, 2018

Established in 1607, Jamestown was the first permanent British colony in America. But it nearly didn’t survive. The fact it did, is due in large part to Sir George Yeardley, a military man, social reformer – and one of the first English slaveholders in the colonies. Archaeologists now think they’ve discovered his remains.

Barely 60 people survived the winter of 1609 at Jamestown. Hundreds had died of starvation or were picked off by Powhatan Indians if they ventured beyond the walls of the settlement. By the time relief arrived in 1610, conditions were so dire that some of the settlers had resorted to cannibalism. Sir Thomas Gates, who headed the first rescue mission, was so appalled by the suffering he decided to evacuate the colony and head for Newfoundland where he hoped to find passage back to England.

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It is always interesting to read American History, can you also include the French in Acadia, New England and Louisiana.
That interests me also!

And I thought that Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565 was the first governor of La Florida and he followed by a series of governors. But there were governors in New Mexico, Santa Fe was founded in 1607 by Pedro de Peralta, who was the second governor in New Mexico. These two settlements have had a continuous occupation to this day.

I would suggest the heading be redone to call Mr. Yeardley the “First English Governor in America.”

The English had sent Francis Drake to pirate raid St. Augustine years before Jamestown was established.

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