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Folks are born there. Right proper place to be born.

Virginia, named in honor of Queen Elizabeth I ~ “Virgin Queen” of England.
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Virginia, COLONY OF the name given to an undefined territory in America (of which Roanoke Island, discovered in 1584, was a part) in compliment to the unmarried Queen, or because of its virgin soil. It was afterwards defined as extending from latitude 34° to 45° North, and was divided into north and south Virginia. The northern part was afterwards called NEW ENGLAND (q. v.).

The spirit of adventure and desire for colonization were prevalent in England at the beginning of the seventeenth century, and circumstances there were favorable to such undertakings, for there was plenty of material for colonies. Soon after the accession of James I., war between England and France ceased, and there were many restless soldiers out of employment - so restless that social order was in danger. There was also a class of ruined and desperate spendthrifts, ready to do anything to retrieve their fortunes. Such were the men who stood ready to go to America when Ferdinando Gorges, Bartholomew Gosnold, Chief-Justice Popham, Richard Hakluyt, Captain John Smith, and others devised a new scheme for settling Virginia.

The timid King, glad to perceive a new field open for the restless spirits of his realm, granted a liberal patent to a company of " noblemen, gentlemen, and merchants," chiefly of London, to plant settlements in America, between latitude 34° and 38° North, and westward 100 miles from the sea. A similar charter was granted to another company to settle between lat. 41 ° and 45 ° N. The space of about 200 miles between the two territories was a broad boundary-line, upon which neither party was to plant a settlement. In December, 1606, the London Company sent three ships, under Capt. Christopher Newport, with 105 colonists, to make a settlement on ROANOKE ISLAND (q. v.). They took the long southern route, by way of the West Indies, and when they approached the coast of North Carolina a tempest drove them farther north into Chesapeake Bay, where they found good anchorage. The principal passengers were Gosnold, Edward M. Wingfield, Captain Smith, and Rev. Robert Hunt. The capes at the entrance to Chesapeake Bay Newport named Charles and Henry, in compliment to the King's two sons.

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