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[jeymz-toun] /ˈdʒeɪmzˌtaʊn/
a village in E Virginia: first permanent English settlement in North America 1607; restored 1957.
a city in SW New York.
a city in central North Dakota.
a seaport in and the capital of St. Helena, in the S Atlantic Ocean.

St. Helena

[huh-lee-nuh] /həˈli nə/
a British island in the S Atlantic: Napoleon's place of exile 1815–21. 47 sq. mi. (122 sq. km).
a British colony comprising this island, Ascension Island, and the Tristan da Cunha group. 126 sq. mi. (326 sq. km).
Capital: Jamestown. Unabridged
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  • Above Jamestown for some 2,000 feet the country is inexpressibly sterile.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • The first slaves were landed at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • It is certain that wine was made from this species by the English settlers at Jamestown.

  • In 1646 two houses were ordered to be erected at Jamestown as spinning-schools.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Among the latter is the account of the first meeting of the Assembly at Jamestown in 1619.

British Dictionary definitions for Jamestown


a ruined village in E Virginia, on Jamestown Island (a peninsula in the James River): the first permanent settlement by the English in America (1607); capital of Virginia (1607–98); abandoned in 1699
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Jamestown in Culture

Jamestown definition

The first permanent English settlement in North America, founded in 1607 in Virginia. Jamestown was named for King James I of England. It was destroyed later in the seventeenth century in an uprising of Virginians against the governor.

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