Pocahontas put her head upon Chief Powhatan's, her father's, head and begged him to not kill John Smith when he was captured by Indians and condemned to death.
King James 1 gave the London Company a charter which gave them permission to start a colony in Virginia.
Why is it surprising that Jamestown was a success?
Investors in the London Company, a joint-stock company formed by English Investors, believed gold and silver could be found in America.
Jamestown was on a peninsula with swampy land which made it easier to defend, but the drinking water was impure which made it hard for the new settlers.
It was surprising because after all the bad things they had experienced such as the droughts, fires, starvation, Indian attacks, they were able to grow stronger through the years with the help of tobacco. John Rolfe began growing a new type of tobacco and smoking soon became popular in England.