Name: Amirah Gipson Date: 9/10/2018 Class: 7th Period
Jamestown: The town that surprisingly survived
Because we set up our colony near a swamp, we have very fertile soil. This allows us to grow plants such as tobacco. In fact, this was our Cash crop. Despite this fact, the first farm products to be raised successfully were our Hogs and Indian Corn. John Rolfe taught us later how to grow our cash crop, Tobacco. This was our cash crop because of its popularity in England. Many of our exports(if not all)were Tobacco.
We are part of the 20 Africans that came from Africa as slaves. With our help, Jamestown was able to establish a great system of mercantilism. Since the small farms started turning into plantations, more slaves were needed. Others from Africa were added and kept coming until the British were satisfied.
Because the king is too far, we need a government to govern the colony. We created the House of Burgesses. We also elected representatives. We are responsible for spreading the representative government to other English colonies.
We had very bad chances of getting sick. Yes, the area has very fertile soil, but the pond bred disease carrying mosquitos. This along with many other factors, made the drinking water impure. One good thing about the area though, was that since we were on a peninsula, it would have been easier to defend against enemies.
Why is it so surprising that Jamestown was successful? It is surprising that Jamestown was a success because of the geographic location of their settlement. Because they all had to work hard for their food, it brought the community together. Captin John Smith was the one who enforced this, and he soon became the leader of the settlement. After acquiring his position, it turned out that because of injuries, Smith had to leave. Once Smith left, the conditions got WAY worse. Fire, droughts, Indian attacks, disease, and starvation took a heavy toll.HUNDREDS died in the winter of 1609-1610. This period was called the starving time. Giving up, they decided to leave. But just as they were leaving, multiple ships arrived with colonists and supplies. With assured hearts, they decided to return to Jamestown. Though the first SUCCESSFUL farm products to be raised were hogs and indian corn, a settler name James Rolfe changed everything. He showed everyone how to grow a new type of Tobacco using seeds from the west Indies. Since smoking became EXTREMLY popular in England, the colonists found they could sell as much Tobacco as could be produced. In short, Tobacco saved Jamestown.