To start their own colony, Jamestown decided to let men start to live in the new colony, once the men finish preparing the colony. Women and children will come over and they will start helping the men with the settlement.
The men of Jamestown decided to settle in a swampy area because it had fertile soil and it's easier to defend the settlement since it's near the penninsula. The problem about staying in a swampy area is that there are bred disease-carrying mosquitos and the drinking water is impure.
"I am going to get my new boots dirty"
In 1612, John Rolfe began growing a new type of tobacco using seeds from the West Indies. Smoking was a great resource in England and became popular quickly. The settlement of Jamestown now depended on the tobacco seeds for trade and money. Instead of servants, all the slaves did was help with planting more tobacco.
In 1619, the House of Burgessess was established. The town needed a government to govern the new colony also to help make laws for the colony.
"Who should I choose?"
Why is it surprising that James town was a success? It's surprising because when they were living in the swampy area, the mosquitos carry disease, the water is impure, and it's very difficult to plant crops in a swampy area. Also there were fires, drought, Indian attacks, disease and starvation during winter times.