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  • James Town
  • Maria Castillo
  • Geographic
  • Ugh lots of mosquitoes, but easier for us to defend our swamp.
  • Political
  • I love the London Company 
  • Social
  • The  starving time is getting difficult 
  • The location of the settlement on a peninsula made it easier to defend, but the land was swampy and the drinking water impure. The swamp bred disease-carrying mosquitoes.
  • Economic
  • “We make money moves”, with my tabocco plants
  • In the spring of 1606, a group of English investors formed a joint-stock company called the London Company.
  • Fire, drought, Indian attacks, disease and starvation took a heavy toll. Hundreds died during the winter of 1609-1610. This period became known as the “starving time”
  • In 1612 a settlers named John Rolfe began growing a new    type of tabocco using seed from the West Indies. Smoking soon became popular in England, and the Jamestown colonists found that they could sell as much tabocco as could be produced.
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