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Jamestown Storyboard Lily Hopkins Period: 3
The Jamestown settlers were Catholic and monotheistic. Men that came to the Jamestown settlement and had no occupations were considered gentlemen. These gentlemen did not work, and therefore worsened the settlements conditions. Slaves were also brought to the new world for work, and some even ended up receiving their own plantations. The nearby indians, called the Powhatan, had friendly connections after the chief's daughter, Pocahontas, saved John Smith's life.
King James I sent the englishmen to the new world to colonize. Spain, France, and England were in a giant race to colonize the Americas. They received a charter to colonize, in hopes of having success. One of the men sent was named John Smith. He helped lead the settlement of Jamestown to "success", before leaving due to injury. After he left, the citizens of Jamestown created their own form of government. They created the House Of Burgesses to act as a representative government since the English monarchy was across the atlantic ocean.
The english men brought slaves on the voyage over to Jamestown to do work on plantations. John Rolfe discovered the great conditions for tobacco, and so they would grow and export it. This had a major impact on the Jamestown economy. They would also grow cash crops to sell.
When they traveled up the James RIver, they decided to settle in a swampy area filled with mosquitoes. The settlement received many more people from england, due to the fact that the colony was in a starving time. They soon found that the fertile soil was great for growing tobacco, which greatly helped the settlements economy.
It’s a surprise that Jamestown was considered a success because it did so poorly. Over half of the population of Jamestown died, and even more were ill or injured. Because the majority of Jamestown’s population were gentlemen, very few crops were grown. They went through a period of sickness and starving because of the fact that they had nothing to eat. The gentlemen did no work in the settlement, until John Smith told them, “If you don’t work, then you won’t eat!” This did help until Smith had to return to England. After this, John Rolfe discovered that tobacco could be grown in great numbers there. After this, the colony grew to success, but it is surprising because of the first few years. In my eyes, Jamestown was not a complete success, although it was considered one.
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