The Story of Jamestown

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  • The Story of Jamestown
  • Arrival
  • Famine
  • Jamestown was a colony located in Virginia which was funded by The London Company. This colony was set by the British and the settlers hoped to make a profit and gain supplies from this journey. However, there were many flaws with this plan. Sailing into the waters into an unknown land, the settlers claimed their area and that was when their journey began.
  • Meeting Neighbors
  • When the colonists arrived in 1607, there was already a drought limiting their water gain and in turn made crops wither and die from lack of water. According to Document B in the article, "The Lost Colony and Jamestown Droughts," there were five years of unbroken drought from 1607-1612 when the colonists arrived.
  • Desperation
  • Because of the drought which occurred for five years, plants were not able to grow and so food was not readily available. People turned to hunting fish but most of the settlers in Jamestown were not used to working with their hands so they struggled in doing so. However, there was a problem with hunting the fish, sanitation was a large issue in Jamestown, seeing as their was no where to put their waste. Because of this, the settlers put their waste in the river...where they bathed and caught their food.
  • Conclusion
  • Jamestown is known for being surrounded by many neighboring Native American tribes from which they got into many conflicts with. Already suffering from famine and disease, in 1609, according to Document D "The Virginia Adventure, "Francis West and thirty-six men (sailed) up the Chesapeake Bay to try to trade for corn with the Patawomeke Indians...some harshe and Crewell dealinge by cutting of two of the Salvages heads and other extremetyes." This shows that the Colonists had to go through extreme measures in order to get food.
  • Because of the settler's suffering from disease and famine as well as the neighboring Indians they all were desperate to survive. According to TCI, "Jamestown: The First English Colony" "...60 of the 500 people that were there stayed alive." According to TCI, "The English ate rats, dogs, and even human corpses to survive." However, hope was not lost.
  • According to TCI, "Jamestown: The First English Colony," "When supply ships came the next spring, the survivors were ordered to abandon their colony. Then three more European ships brought food, 150 new colonists and 100 soldiers. Jamestown was saved again." Jamestown was the first successful colony in England and since then thrived and became part of the Original 13 Colonies.
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