English settlers landed in North America on APRIL 26, 1607, at the site of Cape Henry, named for Prince Henry of Wales. Their first act was to erect a wooden cross and commence a prayer meeting. They ascended the James River, named for King James, and settled Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.
Virginia, so named for the “Virgin Queen” Elizabeth, stated in its Charter, April 10, 1606:
Greatly commending…their Desires for the Furtherance of so noble a Work, which may, by the Providence of Almighty God, hereafter tend to the Glory of His Divine Majesty, in propagating of Christian Religion to such People, as yet live in Darkness and miserable Ignorance of the true Knowledge and Worship of God.
The Second Charter of Virginia, May 23, 1609, stated:
The principal Effect which we can expect or desire of this Action is the Conversion and reduction of the people in those parts unto the true worship of God and the Christian Religion.
Virginia’s Charter continued:
It shall be necessary for all such our loving Subjects…to live together, in the Fear and true Worship of Almighty God, Christian Peace, and civil Quietness, with each other.
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