Tobacco In Jamestown

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Tobacco was the basis of economic life and a motivation for settling down in Jamestown. This helped result in an increase of settlers. The English expansion sparked war in 1622 led by Opechancanough. This war resulted in a tragic death of about a third of the nation. Particularly, the English inhabitants seized Indian’s land and food, cornering the Indian citizens towards limiting possibilities; needless to say they ended up dispersing. James I made accusations toward the Virginia Company for carelessness and in 1624 James I made Virginia a royal colony. Originally, the monopoly for tobacco created an economic boom in the Chesapeake and enticed migrants, but ultimately diseases kept the overall population low and life expectancy short.

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