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Alyssa Nolan Period:3 Jamestown Storyboard
When the Englishmen set up their settlement in a swamp inside Virginia near the Chesapeake Bay. The settlers there because there was fertile soil. The down sides for them settling there is because there were mosquitoes spread disease throughout the colony what makes it even worse is they came during winter and couldn't plant so they were going through a starving time.
After the long voyage, they took to get to Jamestown the colonist did not have any way to get gold for the colony. Luckily in 1612, a settler named John Rolfe came and introduced the colonist to tobacco which soon became their cash crop. The men of the colony soon started plantations where they would grow the tobacco and then export it to England. Soon they had such a high demand for tobacco that they brought over some people from Africa also known as slaves to help with the farming.
When the colonist first arrived at Jamestown they knew of the nearby Indian tribe called the Powhatan Indians Captain John Smith wanted his colonist to stay safe so he told the colonist mainly the gentlemen that if they didn't work they would not eat. But soon Captain John Smith was captured and to be sentenced to death. according to Captain John Smith right before he was about to be beaten to death by a stone club Pocahontas Chief Powhatan's daughter got in the way and told them not to kill him.
After Captian John Smith had to take his leave in 1609 things in the colony started going downhill again. Luckily a settler named John Rolfe came and introduced tobacco and after that things kept getting better and more settlers came, but now that there are more people there they had to keep coming up with decisions and when they did that they would have to send a message to King James I which took a long time. So in 1619, they established the House Of Burgesses to make the decisions instead of King James this ended up becoming a type of representative government.
It is surprising that Jamestown was a success because when the colonist first arrived so many were dying of disease and Indian attacks. you would think that after so many dead they would give up but they didn't. They kept trying and it got better at first then it went downhill again, and when it went downhill I mean it went really far down the colonist was starving so much so that they started eating the leather off of their shoes. it just surprised me that they could go from that to a striving colony just because of one plant.
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