Jamestown: Social, Political, Eco and Geo Wyatt Hollingsworth Period 8
The colony of Jamestown was made of men in its early days. The reason being that they were there to set up the colony. It didn't go to well since many of them were gentlemen who weren't used to working with their own hands which meant disaster. However, families started to come and the colony found success with the new workers and women.
Since King James I was too far away in England to make laws intermediate, the people of Jamestown made the House of Burgesses. This made a representative government which allowed the people of Jamestown to vote on laws that could instantly be enacted. This was the first representative government that a English colony made.
The economy of Jamestown was struggling until John Rolfe introduced tobacco to the colony. The cash crop allowed Jamestown to make money for Britain which caused economic gain for the colonists and Britain. The crop became so successful that it was being grown everywhere. Sadly, slaves would be forced to farm so their owners can make money.
Jamestown was founded on 1607 in Virginia near Chesapeake Bay. The land was a swamp which contained fertile soil, perfect for farming and plantations. One of the downsides was that Jamestown had disease-carrying mosquitoes which caused many to get sick.
It is very surprising Jamestown was successful for many reasons. One of these are that the colony would frequently be attacked by the Powhatan indians. Another reason is that disease would kill many of the colonists and leave very few alive. Lastly, Jamestown at first had a terrible working force since many of the colonists didn't even work with their own hands, so the colonists in Jamestown almost all died before the first relief ship came.
Why is it surprising that Jamestown was a success?