It was founded in 1659 by the English East India Company, and named in honor of King James II of England, who was the time still a duke.
Jamestown is now known for its unique setting in a gorge between two hills, its colorful pastel-painted buildings, seaside views, and as the central city of Saint Helena.
People Born in Jamestown
Jamestown in People's Lives
Napoleon Bonaparte: I was banished to this tiny, forgotten island in 1815, and landed in this city. I could not believe that I had gone from ruling the most powerful empire in the world to being simply a prisoner of this dismal place. However, my retinue and I were warmly welcomed by the citizens of this village, and I was taken to stay with the Balcombe family, who lived on an estate called Briars just outside here. The only one who spoke French was a 14 year old girl, the Balcombe's youngest daughter, Betsy Balcombe. She became my translator, and we became quite close. I lived in a pavilion in her family's garden while the house that was planned to be mine was rehabilitated. A few months later, I was moved to Longwood. After leaving, I missed this place.