Dr. Michael Jarvis discusses how cross-cultural influences shaped a distinctly new culture and, through
characterizations of Bermuda as a “finite” space and Virginia as an “infinite” space, consider how these
qualities shaped settlement pace and patterns into the 1620s.
In the eighteenth century the state of medical care and theory was undergoing a transition. There was a
new understanding of the human body, partly brought on by the discovery of blood circulation, that the
body was seen more as a physical system like plumbing or pipes.
British colonies in America formed military forces called militias, comprised mostly of free, white,
able-bodied male citizens who could be called to service during local emergencies. The colonial militias
played an important role in the struggle for independence, but then, as now, not without some
The skill of the commander and the bravery of the common soldier weren’t the only factors leading to
success in the War for Independence. Artillery played an important role in the American Revolution, which
put the Americans at a disadvantage by having limited access to adequate artillery pieces.
This audio minute, produced in conjunction with Public Ideas station WVCE Richmond, describes Bermuda's
Beginnings with the shipwreck of the Sea Venture. Steve Clark of WCVE and Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation
historian Nancy Egloff discuss the connection between the Jamestown Colony and the founding of Bermuda.
Jamestown, Virginia was the first permanent English colony in America, but the second was not far behind.
The Virginia Company incorporated Bermuda under their 1612 charter and sent out a group to settle there.
Listen to this audio interview with Steve Clark of WCVE and Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation historian Nancy
Egloff about English Colony Governance.
The third phase of 'The World of 1607,' a yearlong exhibition (2007-2008) portraying Jamestown and
Virginia in a global context, explored the parallel development of the cities of Edo (Tokyo) and Paris,
scientific measurement, the transmission of knowledge, literature promoting colonization, the beginnings
of museums and the impact of theater on British identity.
To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown in 2007, the Jamestown-Yorktown
Foundation, the Virginia state agency that operates Jamestown Settlement, and WCVE-FM Richmond produced a
series of audio 'minutes' titled "Jamestown: A Fruitful Soil," providing a historical overview of the
people and events of 17th-century Virginia.
Administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of
Virginia that is accredited by the American Association of Museums.