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The Tabacco Settelment Avery Salvatori Period 3
Captain Jhon Smith led the settlers going to Jamestown on the second year. He said, "if you don't work, you shall not eat." By 1619 Jamesetown established their representative government and called it the House of Burgesses.
If you don't work, you shall not eat.
Jhon Rolfe introduced tabacco to Jamestown. This really helped the colony expand, and turn into a boom town. Tabacco soon became their number one chash crop. Soon many indentured servants came to Jamestown to work of their debt in the fields.
When the first group of men arrived at Jamesetown they named it in honor of their king; King James 1. Many of the men that came were gentelmen and didn't help build or plant anything. Some of the men were killed by Patawomeck indians. Pochahntas was one of the only friendly indians. She would soon marrry Jhon Rolfe.
The first permanent English settlement in America was Jamestown, Virginia. When the settlers arrived at America they went up the James River and found a Swamp area and started their colony. Jamestown had very fertile soil, but it did have a major mosquito problem. Soon the settlers would have a drought, but a few would survive.
The reasons that it was surprising that Jamestown was such a success was because the geography that they picked was easier to defend but the water was brackish, and the land was swampy. Since it was a swamp there were many mosquitos, which can carry deases. A large number of settlers were gentelmen and didn't help work. So the settlers ate poorly and and grew weaker as time passed. Over half of the settlers died in the first year due to malaria, pneumonia, malnutricion, and dysentery, only 38 survived. "Starvation time" also led me to believe that they wouldn't succeed. But when Jhon Rolfe introduced the tabacco plant to Jamestown everybody started growing it. By 1619 the population was about 1,000 settelers. Tabacco became Jamestown's number one cash crop and source of revenue. This helped Jamestown become England's first succesful colony.
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