Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Women at Jamestown

All during the 17th century, the men outnumbered the women in Jamestown. The first two English women arrived at Jamestown in 1608. Gabriel Holland, one of the burgesses of Jamestown in 1625 and afterwards brought with him a wife who soon died. Soon thereafter he returned to London to conduct the business of the colony and was married again. By 1626, the second wife had apparently died and he married a widow in the colony who had inherited a small tract of land from her deceased husband, William Jonas. Such was typical in those days.

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