It is interesting that, in American History, 1620 officially came AFTER 1620.
The present Virginia Legislature has continuous records since it was the House of Burgesses elected in 1619. What I am saying is that this is not one of those things like Parliament, where you ‘can trace its origins back to…”
Their were regular elections and meetings since 1619 as the House of Burgesses became the Virginia State legislature under the British Empire, then under the Articles of Confederation, the United States, the Confederate States, and whatever the hell we have now.
It is the SAME body that sat in 1619, with jurisdiction over the same state.
But English America began officially with the Pilgrims in November of 1620.
And of course, we are all aware that “English America” is obviously a different entity from the long-settled Spanish American settlements. Otherwise the Pilgrims would be exposed as latecomers, and America began at Plymouth Rock.
America began at Plymouth Rock because Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.
If you want to truthfully start a course in American history, it should begin with the sentence before this one.