Jamestown Storyboard

Jamestown Storyboard

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  • Jamestown Storyboard
  • Katherine Maldonado P7
  • James River
  • Jamestown was built on a swamp,   it had very fertile soil ,   was humid  and had room to build docks.
  • Geographic
  • Jamestown
  • In 1912  a settler named John Rolfe brought  a new type of tobacco   seeds from the West Indies.    Selling tobacco helped many settlers pay their   debts off.
  • Economic
  • Many of the settlers at Jamestown were  indentured servants who owed money to England and  came to America to work off their debts.  Captain John Smith told the  settlers  " if you don't work you don't eat" to get them working.
  • "If you don't work you shall not eat."
  •  Social
  • When the population grew in Jamestown they needed someone to make decisions  for the colony since the king was to far away. So in  1619 the House of Burgesses was established, the people of Virginia elected representatives  to make laws for the colony.  Representative Government later  spread to  other  English  colonies .
  • Political
  • House of Burgesses
  • Three ships reached the coast of Virginia on April   26, 1607.   Captain Christopher chose a location 60 miles up the James River  and they called it Jamestown.   Jamestown suffered through fire, drought,  Indian attacks, and starvation. During the  winter of 1609-1610 or what became known as the"  starving time"   hundreds died of starvation.  But then several ships arrived with supplies and colonist, Jamestown   grew stronger over the years ahead.  In  1612  John  Rolfe began to grow  a new type  of tobacco from seeds he got from the West Indies. Smoking  soon became very popular in England so Jamestown settlers were able to sell large amounts. This helped Jamestown and the colonist  who had debts.   Thanks to tobacco Jamestown was a success and not a complete failure.  But since Jamestown had a  rocky beginning it is surprising Jamestown was a success.
  • Why  is it a surprise that Jamestown was a success?
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