- De La Warr, Thomas West, 12th Baron
or Baron Delawareborn July 9, 1577died June 7, 1618, at sea off the coast of Virginia or New EnglandEnglish founder of Virginia.After serving under the earl of Essex in the Netherlands and Ireland, he became a member of the Virginia Company and was appointed governor of the colony in 1610. He and 150 settlers arrived at Jamestown as another group was abandoning it. He established two forts at the mouth of the James River and rebuilt Jamestown. Delaware Bay, the Delaware River, and the state of Delaware were named for him.
* * *▪ English colonistDe La Warr also spelled Delawareborn July 9, 1577died June 7, 1618, at sea off the coast of Virginia or New Englandone of the English founders of Virginia, for whom Delaware Bay, the Delaware River, and the state of Delaware were named.The son of Thomas West, the 11th Baron (c. 1556–1602), the younger West fought in the Netherlands and in Ireland under Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex (Essex, Robert Devereux, 2nd earl of, Viscount Hereford, Lord Ferrers, Lord Bourchier). He was imprisoned for complicity in Essex's revolt against Elizabeth I (1601) but was soon released.He became a member of the council of the Virginia Company and was appointed (1610) governor and captain general of Virginia for life. Sailing in March 1610 with three ships, 150 settlers, and supplies, he arrived at Jamestown (Jamestown Colony) on June 10, in time to intercept the colonists who had embarked for England and were abandoning the enterprise. De La Warr constructed two forts near the mouth of the James River, rebuilt Jamestown, and in general brought order out of chaos.He returned to London in 1611, where he published, at the request of the company's council, his Relation (1611, reprinted 1858) of the condition of affairs in Virginia. He remained in England until 1618, when the news of the tyrannical rule of the deputy, Samuel Argall (Argall, Sir Samuel), led him to start again for Virginia. He embarked in May but died en route and was buried at sea.
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