Jamestown Storyboard Project Logan Smythe Period 7
That doesn't matter. The only things that matter are fertile soil and this cash crop.
Hey John Rolfe, where did you get those tobacco seeds?
I'm Captain John Smith. Who are you guys?
I am Powhatan, chief of the Patawomeck Indians.
I, and all of the London Company, wish to go to Virginia. We believe that there is gold and silver.
I, King James 1 of England, will let you go to Virginia.
Economic: Jamestown was successful in the beginning because they raised hogs and Indian corn. In 1612, John Rolfe began growing a sweeter type of tobacco from the West Indies. Smoking became big in England, and that turned Jamestown's tobacco into a cash crop.
The water in this swamp is way too dirty to drink!
There are mosquitoes everywhere!
I'm going to die of disease!
Social: The first settlers were Noblemen/Gentlemen that didn't know how to raise crops. The second wave of settlers, including Captain John Smith, said "no work, no food" and turned the colony around. The third wave of settlers were women, who were there to marry the men and make the colony permanent.
It's surprising that Jamestown was a success because of all the things that went wrong, such as mosquitoes with diseases, lack of food and fighting with Indians. During the first year, over half the settlers died. By January 1, only 38 colonists were still alive. The first settlers were there only to find gold and silver. No one planted food. The second wave of settlers did well for a little right, but then they were hit with drought, fire and starvation. The main reason they were a success was because they learned how to grow tobacco.
Political: In 1606, King James I gave the London Company a charter to start a colony in Virginia. In 1619 the colony formed a representative government called the House of Burgesses. They needed local leadership because the king was too far away to make decisions.
Geographic: Jamestown was named after King James. The colony was settled 60 miles up the James River. The soil was fertile, but there were areas that were swampy and the drinking water was unhealthy. Mosquitoes were everywhere.