The Surprising Success that was Jamestown Period 7 Liam Bettga
One day in Jamestown, a man named John Rolfe planted some tobacco seeds to see if it would grow. To his surprise, it did! Tobacco in England was very rare, so tobacco imports to England was a huge help to the Jamestown colony.
Jamestown was located in a swampy, muddy area. There were tons of mosquitoes that carried harmful diseases and water that often became polluted with human waste and garbage, causing many settlers to become sick. The soil there was very fertile and grew plants very well. One plant in particular, the tobacco plant, literally saved the entire colony from collapsing.
John Smith was about to be killed by Chief Powhatan, the chief of a nearby native american tribe. Pocahontas, the chief's daughter, saved John from execution by laying her head on top of his, for she loved him.
Since King James 1 was very far away from the colonies, he couldn't make immediate decisions for the colony. The colonies then chose to work together to create their own government, a Representative Government. This type of government was one that allowed the people to create and enforce the laws.
The reason it is so surprising that Jamestown was successful is that they were running low on food, everyone was starving, people were getting ill left and right, and there was only one doctor! Suddenly, when failure was imminent, a man named John Rolfe got a hold of some tobacco seeds and planted them. The tobacco seeds grew well! Tobacco in England was very rare, for the plant did not grow there, so there was a huge demand for tobacco and the Jamestown tobacco industry boomed.
Why is it surprising that Jamestown was successful?