Most people think it was Pilgrims and Puritans, but there is evidence some small settlements were established before that. One historian (Robert J. Allison) suggests that there were ships that arrived in Massachusetts as early as 1617. In 1624, a gentleman named Samuel Maverick built a trading post near what is today called Boston Harbor; in 1626, William Blackstone arrived and tried to set up a settlment in Wessagusset (today Weymouth); he remained in the New World after the settlement did not survive, and he was still living not far from Maverick's outpost when the major European excursions to Massachusetts began in 1630. But I guess the short answer is that the first permanent settlement was founded by John Winthrop-- he was a British lawyer who led his expedition to establish a religious settlement, a "community of saints," a "city on a hill" that would be a model for other cities in the New World. He became the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and is thus credited with having set up the first permanent settlement, although the other two gentlemen seem to have had little outposts...
England established its first permanent North American settlement; Jamestown, in 1607.
The first permanent settlement in New England was started by King James I of Britain chartered the two Virginia Companies, of London and Plymouth and established Jamestown Settlement in May 1607.
The first permanent English settlement in the Americas was established in Virginia. It was called Jamestown.
Spain had established a permanent settlement in North America before 1600. St. Augustine was established as a fort in 1565. It was the first permanent settlement in what would become the United States.
The Europeans settled the first permanent settlement in Colorado in the San Luis Valley. It was settled in 1851 and is the oldest continuous settlement.
It was named after the British King at the time the settlement was established - about 1607. He was King James I of England and James VI of Scotland.
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Plymouth Plantation was the first permanent settlement in New England. The pilgrims settled here.
Samuel de Champlain established the first permanent French settlement in North America at Québec in 1608.
The first settlement in Wisconsin was on the land that is now the town of Prairie Du Chien. This settlement was established in 1884.
The first permanent settlement in Australia was established by Great Britain. In 1788, the First Fleet of eleven ships arrived, with over 700 convicts and a similar number of marines and officers.
The first permanent French settlement was made by Samuel de Champlain, 1608 in modern day Quebec. what was it called?