Social Studies - 2018-19

VS.3e - Arrival of Africans and English Women

The student will demonstrate an understanding of the first permanent English settlement in America by

e) identifying the impact of the arrival of Africans and English women to the Jamestown settlement.

Adopted: 2015


  • The addition of different people groups can bring different ideas, resources, and cultures to a society.
  • The arrival of Africans in 1619 helped to grow the tobacco economy. 
  • The arrival of women to Jamestown helped to make the colony more stable and permanent. 


Virginia became a more diverse colony by 1620.


Portuguese sailors captured African men and women from what is present-day Angola. The legal status of these early African men and women as either servants or enslaved persons once they arrived in Virginia is unknown.

Africans arrived in Virginia against their will in 1619.

The arrival of Africans made it possible to expand the tobacco economy.

The arrival of additional women in 1620 made it possible for more settlers to start families, which helped to establish Jamestown as a permanent colony in Virginia.


Updated: May 18, 2018