II. Adopt Your Mirabilis Year:
Captain John Smith was saved from execution when Captain Christopher Newport opened the sealed orders from London designating Smith as one of the ruling council of the new Jamestown Colony. The first permanent English colony would not have survived had not the impertinent soldier of fortune, John Smith, taken charge
John Smith is “elected president by the council” of Virginia and sets to work running the Jamestown Colony. Most of the other leaders had died and he determined to set the example of hard work.
King James I grants the Virginia Company a new charter which encompasses two million square miles, all the way to the Pacific Ocean. It sets the stage for American settlement across the continent for more than two hundred fifty years.