Jamestown was built on the James River in the Chesapeake bay, Virginia. The reasons for settlement was to build a permanent English colony, a route to Asia, cash crops, gold, and to expand England's territory. It was founded in 1607 by the Virginia Company.
The main problem was the frequent Native American attacks, lead by Chief Powhatan. The colonists struck back and destroyed many villages. Captain John Smith tried to improve the tense relations and some goods were exchanged, but both sides were nervous about an attack. Many gentlemen did not recognize Captain Smith as a leader, and roused many of the colonists to fight. Captain Smith's no-nonsense, work to eat attitude was highly disliked by some of the other colonists and played to the hand of the gentlemen.
I would've tried to trade for food and necessities with the native tribes, like John Smith. I would have also tried to defuse the gentlemen and punish them and their lackeys with work. I think that mostly John Smith did the right thing with his attempts at diplomacy and trade. I would try to speak with him and convince the colonist to listen.