The Virginia Company comprised of two branches, the London Company and the Plymouth or New England Company.
The former was responsible for the first permanent colony in America at Jamestown on May 14th 1607 and the latter were the so-called ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ who arrived at Cape Cod in the ship the Mayflower, in November 1620, and went on to land in Plymouth Harbour on December 21st.
The ‘Pilgrims’ of American historical myth were, in fact, members of the second Virginia Company branch called the New England Company
• The Virginia Company owned most of the land of what we now call the USA, and
any lands up to 900 miles offshore. This included Bermuda and most of what is now
known as the Caribbean Islands. The Virginia Company (the British Crown and the
bloodline families) had rights to 50%, yes 50%, of the ore of all gold and silver
mined on its lands, plus percentages of other minerals and raw materials, and 5% of
all profits from other ventures. These rights, the charters detailed, were to be passed
on to all heirs of the owners of the Virginia Company and therefore continue to
apply... forever! The controlling members of the Virginia Company who were to
enjoy these rights became known as the Treasurer and Company of Adventurers and
Planters of the City of London.
• After the first 21 years from the formation of the Virginia Company, all ‘duties,
imposts, and excises’ paid on trading activities in the colonies had to be paid directly
to the British Crown through the Crown treasurer. No trader could export goods out
of the colonies without the permission of the British Crown and to do so would
involve the seizure of all their goods and the ship or vehicle which carried them.
• The lands of the Virginia Company were granted to the colonies under a Deed of
Trust (on lease) and therefore they could not claim ownership of the land. They
could pass on the perpetual use of the land to their heirs or sell the perpetual use, but
they could never own it. Ownership was retained by the British Crown.
• The colonial lands were to be governed by two Colonial Councils, each with 13
members (that number again), but the Kings Council in London had the final say on
all decisions. The sitting British monarch also chose the Governor of the American
Colonies, who we would today call the President.
• The monarch, through his Council for the Colonies, insisted that members of the
colonies impose the Christian religion on all the people, including the Native
Americans. To use the language of the time... “with all diligence, care and respect,
do provide that the true word of God and Christian faith be preached, planted and
used, not only within every of the several said colonies and plantations, but also as
much as they may amongst the savage people which do or shall adjoin us to them or
border upon them, according to the doctrine, rights, and religion, now professed and
established within our realm of England.” If the Native Americans did not accept the Christian religion, they would have to be forced to, the Crown insisted. This was the
order to destroy the culture and knowledge of the native peoples of North America
and also to maintain the white colonists under the vicious yoke of Christian
terrorism peddled by the Calvinist-Puritans. It was a free license to kill, torture and
kidnap the native peoples with complete immunity from prosecution.
• The criminal courts on the lands of the Virginia Company were to be operated under
Admiralty Law, the law of the sea, and the civil courts under common law, the law
of the land. This is a crucial point which I will come to in Part III