In 1607 Jamestown was established. The Virginia Company, a joint stock, received a charter from the king to establish a colony. John Smith led them to the new world. The main goals of the colony were to find gold, convert natives to Christianity, and find a passage to India. The company had no intention of setting up something permanent. The settlers got a charter to receive same rights, as they would back in England. The settlers’ characteristics generally consisted of being the second and third sons of wealthier families, white, and male.
Jamestown is socially important because it created a bad relationship with the natives that would later come to almost terminating the colony back to England and wiping out a variety of native tribes and their culture. Politically, Jamestown created the basis of the government by setting up an aristocracy, giving the power to a small superior class. They also established the House of Burgesses that sets up somewhat of a republic. Economically, the colony was weak. This is because the colonists were solely set on finding gold and didn’t think of agriculture or setting up and establishment. Influenced by Spain’s expansion of converting natives to their religion, the Jamestown colonists strived to bring the Church of England as much into the lives of all in the New world.