The colony of Jamestown was at a population of 504 after an arrival of a fleet of 9 ships carrying women, men, children and much needed food and supplies. Captain John Smith took hold of the chaotic government and put in place rigid policies of discipline and agricultural cultivation. In 1608 a gunpowder accident wounding Smith, his rivals used this opportunity to force him to return to England and name George Percy as his successor as president of the council. The day before John Smith’s departure, Captain Davis arrived with 16 other men adding to the population of Jamestown. However, a few weeks later, president Percy sent Captain Ratcliffe to build a fort for fishing and trade at Point Comfort.
Jamestown is a place where a lot of death happened. People died from starvation, disease, saltwater poisoning, dehydration, and attacks from the Indians and Spaniards. 13,000 Indians lived around Jamestown. When the people that lived in Jamestown set sail with 108 men they arrived at an island. When they got there they expected the Indians to welcome their arrival but instead they killed some of the men.
In the fall of 1609, several hundred European settlers were struggling to survive on swampy Jamestown Island, riding out a brutal drought and hoping for boatloads of supplies. Evidence from waste pits suggests that the settlers, who first arrived on this land in May 1607, feasted on deer, turtles and sturgeon during their first year in the New World. They’d eat up all of the domestic stock-the dogs and the horses. They’d get down to eating rats and even poisonous snakes. As the winter wore on, scores of Jamestown's inhabitants suffered from diseases associated with malnutrition and contamination, including dysentery, typhoid and scurvy.
In Jamestown, Virginia 110 people came from England in the spring of 1607 looking to make money off of gold that was rumored to be there. On their way settlers drifted North leading to a colder winter than expected which gave them a very hard time. By the time it was December there were only 40 people left. Many of the Colonists died because of the diseases caused by pollution in their water, unreliable food sources, and a bad drought that got explorers off on the wrong foot. The year of 1607 was not a good year for colonists to start fresh in Jamestown, Virginia.
Jamestown, a successful colony Imagine yourself at a colony that no one really cared about planting or building shelters to keep safe. That would’ve failed if it wasn’t for John Smith. That colony that I chose was called Jamestown, a colony or a settlement. Jamestown had become the first successful British colony because of ho w they have peace with the Indians, how they have a determined leader, John Smith, and how they have a cash crop, tobacco. These examples are why Jamestown had become a successful colony.
The primary purpose of the English settlement in Jamestown was economic incentives. England was concerned of the mighty enrichment of Spain due of their empire in America. Subsequently, they were wishful of obtaining gold and prosper their nation economically. However, they failed in achieving their goal and resulted negatively. In their first attempts most English settlers died during their voyage or because of shipwrecks.
The Black Death In 1347 twelve Genoese trading ships docked at the Sicilian port of Messina. They just arrived after a long journey through the Black Sea. When the ships arrived The Black Death was unknowingly released to the people who have gathered to greet the ships and sailors. However when the ships arrived most of the sailors were dead and the few that were alive were deathly ill.
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