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1619 recruitment of women to colony

AE Curator May 09
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In November 1619, the Virginia Company of London began recruiting young, unmarried English women to the colony to bring stability to the unsettled settlement. Some 90 landed in May 1620, and 57 more stepped ashore in 1621. Long before they made the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, Mistress Forrest and her maid Ann Burras arrived in 1608, with others joining them over the next decade. Women also stood among the first Africans brought forcibly to Virginia in August 1619. Their stories and the legacies they established played an important role in the success of the colony.

Location: Jamestown
Image: National Park Service, Colonial National Historic Park


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