First Execution Carried Out In Colonies

1608

At the time that it establishes the American colonies, Britain imposes the death penalty for more than 200 crimes. This practice is “imported” to the colonies, where it becomes a lasting part of society in the New World. The first recorded execution in the colonies takes place in 1608 in the settlement of Jamestown, Va., where Capt. George Kendall is shot for being a Spanish spy.