When the English settlers voyaged from England, they landed in a swamp in Virginia.
OWWW! I just got bitten by a mosquito!
Because of brackish water, flooding, starvation, and disease spread by mosquitoes many of the settlers were sick. A few years later, everyone was so starving they were eating shoes. This was called the "Starving Time"
The settlers realized that there was barely any gold, so they decided to focus on building a colony and began to farm. Their main export, tobacco, made Jamestown able to continue to succeed.
King James l was far away so the settlers created the House of Burgesses, the first American legislature.