The Virginia Company

English colonization of Virginia was organized by a for-profit company.

Wealthy men in England combined their capital in a joint stock company that was authorized by King James I. The venture capitalists invested in The Virginia Company of London with the expectation that they would receive dividends. Colonization was funded by a small number of people as an economic initiative, not by King James I to expand the power and glory of England.1



1. "Virginia Company of London," Encyclopedia Virginia, (last checked March 29, 2022)

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