Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name




Committee Chair

McLeod, John Edmond

Author's Keywords

Jamestown; Leadership; Dutch revolt; Early English colonization; Irish colonial patterns


Jamestown Settlement--History; Great Britain--Colonies--America--History--17th century; Leadership--History; Virginia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775


English experience gained from colonization attempts in the New World and in Ireland, as well as military expeditions to the European continent and the New World, helped make Jamestown more successful than any previous English colonial venture in the New World up to that time. Jamestown's early leadership successfully applied the collective English experiences from the Netherlands and Ireland to help the Jamestown colony survive. English experiences in Ireland were instrumental in developing the concepts that led to successful English colonization of North America, but English experiences in the Netherlands also played an important role. In the critical first two-and-a-half years of the colony, a council led by a president ran the colony. From late 1609 until King James I made Jamestown a crown colony in 1624; a series of military governors ran the colony. This leadership and the English experience was the catalyst for Jamestown's survival.