Who founded the first English colony in north America?

Probably the first successful colony was the one at Jamestown, Virginia, established in 1607 (there was at least one other British attempt before it, but that settlement seems to have quickly vanished). The British colonists that arrived were sent by King James the First, who hoped to establish a presence in the "new world" and gain access to its natural resources. The first ships to land at Jamestown were under the command of Captain Christopher Newport.