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Jamestown Settlement Suzie Hudgens Period 3
I am King James the first and I rule this settlement here in Virginia.
During the starving time, we ate anything and everything we could from rats to snakes and even our leather boots. We had to revert to these ways because some people went to get more grain but decided they had enough to make it back to England so they left us and we were left starving.
Here in Jamestown, I, John Rolfe brought over tobacco seeds and planted them in this perfect swampy soil. Since then, the tobacco has thrived and we have plantations of them and turned into a cash crop to boost our economy and is a major export.
This settlement of Virginia has very fertile soil and is along the James River. However this land is swampy and has a lot of mosquitos because of it.
It is surprising that Jamestown was a success because they started out terribly and did not plant many crops and were surrounded by mosquitos. The settlers also had many diseases and indian attacks. There was also more of "gentlemen" that did no handy work than laborers so not much work got done. Also there was the "starving time" where people didn't have food an ate what ever they found even if it was a rat. But in the end, Jamestown was a success because of the tobacco plantations that made the settlement boom.
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