Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies

Jamestown Settlement Special Exhibition

Jamestown and Bermuda-special exhibition

This special exhibition, March 1- October 15, 2009, explored the shared history and links between England’s first two permanent colonies in the New World, on the occasion of Bermuda’s 400th anniversary.

A British presence was established in Bermuda in 1609 when the Sea Venture, the flagship of a fleet en route to Jamestown, Virginia, founded two years earlier, was shipwrecked.

Beginning with the wreck of the Sea Venture, upon which Shakespeare’s play “The Tempest is based, the exhibition traced Bermuda’s 400-year history, highlighting its importance as a strategic location and emergence as a premier travel destination in the 20th century.

The exhibition featured more than two dozen artifacts from the Sea Venture underwater archaeological site and objects associated with early government and the Church of England in Virginia and Bermuda.

A dozen 19th- and 20th-century paintings by leading American, Canadian and British artists depicting Bermuda scenes were exhibited along with posters and other promotional materials illustrating the popularity of both Virginia and Bermuda as travel destinations.

Jamestown and Bermuda: Virginia Company Colonies Exhibition Resources

1633 map of Bermuda

1633 map of Bermuda, William Blaue, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation collection.

Download the exhibition brochure.

Read more about the voyage of the Sea Venture and its impact on the survival of the Jamestown colony and the founding of Bermuda.

View a video of a lecture by Lorri Glover, associate professor of history at the University of Tennessee, on The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown.

Listen to an audio file of a lecture by Rochester University professor of history Michael Jarvis on Sister Colonies: Virginia, Bermuda and the Beginnings of English America.

special family gallery guide  explored how historians use nature, artifacts, images and words to learn more about people and places in 17th-century Virginia and Bermuda.