People went on a voyage from England with plans to start a colony. They wanted to find gold and land to claim.
The people settled in Virginia near the Chesapeake bay. The land was swampy and had very fertile soil.
Colonists brought slaves to do work for them. Work included farming things like tobacco on plantations. Tobacco could be sold for a lot of money.
Spare him! please!
John Smith became the settlement's leader. He was captured by Indians, but right before he was killed, Chief Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas, begged to spare his life.
Why is it a surprise that Jamestown was a "success?" At first, the people of Jamestown suffered. Crops wouldn't grow and food was running out. The people went through "Starving time," a time where people were willing to eat their clothes and pets, until they were picked up by the marketing of tobacco, which earned them a lot of money, which in turn made the colony into a success.