Opechancanough, Powhatan's successor, felt threatened by the growing English presence, now consisting of more than 1, people in several plantations. Mass grave at Jamestown discovered by archaeologists, beneath the foundations of one of the later capitol buildings On June 2,Sea Venture set sail from Plymouth as the flagship of a seven-ship fleet towing two additional pinnaces destined for Jamestown, Virginia as part of the Third Supplycarrying settlers.
It was the second permanent British settlement in North America.
After forming a governing council—including Christopher Newport, commander of the sea voyage, and Captain John Smitha former mercenary who had been accused of insubordination aboard ship by several other company members—the group searched for a suitable settlement site.
A new governor, Lord De La Warr, was dispatched to implement new efforts to populate the tiny settlement. The New Town area of Jamestown continued to grow, and the original fort seems to have disappeared after the s. When the English landed there in Maythey were divided into three groups: One group was to build fortifications and a storehouse and then some simple houses; the second group was to plant crops; and the third party was to explore for minerals and a passage to East Asia.
Subsequently, the Powhatan Confederacy began to decline.