In 1607 the first English settlement was astablished. The establishment was in honor of the King. Virginia was the first colony. Virginia was originally named Jamestown, after King James the first. It was the home to the Repersentitve Goverment in all of America. The Colony was founded by John Smith and other Colonists like John Rolfe backed by the London Company.The Virginia company told Jamestown that there was Gold so more people could come to Jamestown. So all the colonists would look for Gold and not Food and people were to busy looking for gold when there wasn't any in the first place people started to die.