Lead: After a wandering, frustrating four month crossing, the future settlers of Virginia sailed into the Chesapeake.

Intro.: Dan Roberts and A Moment in Time with Jamestown – Journey of Democracy, tracing the global advance of democratic ideals since the founding of Jamestown, Virginia in 1607.

Content: In late December 1606, 144 passengers and crew on three small ships owned by the Virginia Company of London began what would be a long, tedious voyage to take up the Crown’s claim in North America. Despite many improvements in navigation techniques and ship construction, sailing ships still depended on favorable winds to propel them to their destination. For six long weeks the little flotilla bided its time off the coast of England awaiting the breeze that would carry it southward for provisioning in the Canary Islands. Then they waited some more for westward winds and currents.