Lead: After nearly two decades of heroic effort, thousands of lives, millions of dollars in today’s currency, the Virginia Company finally succumbed in 1624; brushed aside by a royal government hungry for the profits from tobacco.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: In retrospect, it is amazing that the Company lasted as long as it did.  

After a treaty with Spain in 1604 reduced tensions in the New World, a group of London investors obtained a charter from King James I. They established the Virginia Company for to plant a permanent colony within the giant continental claim laid for Henry VII by John Cabot many decades before.

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