The British began their invasion of North America in 1587 when the Plymouth Company established a settlement that they dubbed Roanoke in present-day Virginia. This first settlement failed mysteriously and in 1606, the London Company sent a ship full of people to establish a presence. They named the area Jamestown. From there, other groups crossed the ocean to start new lives in this “New World.” Some groups arrived to pursue religious freedom and others economic opportunities. Over time, they formed the thirteen British colonies up and down the East Coast.
Learn more about the thirteen British colonies with these classroom resources.