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Jamestown Eli Poff Period 3
A group of investors formed The London Company and King James I sent a charter so they could start a colony in Virginia. A couple of the ships names were The Godspeed and Discovery.
The investors landed in a swamp with very fertile soil to a settlement to be known as Jamestown. The name came from the location which the settlement is next to the James River.
The House of Burgesses
The House Of Burgesses is the lower house of the colonial Virginia legislature. Which they would meet about economic problems because King James was too far away for England to make decisions.
A man named John Rolfe then found out about a very big cash crop called tobacco. Planting tobacco went well because of the location of the colony that had very fertile soil because they were near a swamp.
The first settlers colonists coming to Jamestown landed in a swamp which at first seemed bad but for the future would become very important. They started off by searching for gold and silver. Captain John Smith would use the phrase "If you don't work, you shall not eat. During the winter of 1609 was nicknamed "The Starving Time". A man named John Rolfe began growing tobacco which it really helped with having fertile land and it made tobacco a big cash crop.
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