InEnglish men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement.
InEnglish men and boys arrived in North America to start a settlement. The settlement became the first permanent English settlement in North America. The site for Jamestown was picked for several reasons, all of which met criteria the Virginia Company, who funded the settlement, said to follow in picking a spot for the settlement.
The site was surrounded by water on three sides it was not fully an island yet and was far inland; both meant it was easily defensible against possible Spanish attacks.
The water was also deep enough that the English could tie their ships at the shoreline - good parking! The site was also not inhabited by the Native population.
Once the spot was chosen the instructions sent by the Virginia Company, with the list of the council members chosen by officials in Englandwas read. The names were kept in a sealed box on the ship each ship had a sealed copy. The other six council members were: By June 15, the fort was completed.
It was triangle shaped with a bulwark at each corner, holding four or five pieces of artillery. The settlers were now protected against any attacks that might occur from the local Powhatan Indians, whose hunting land they were living on.
Relations had already been mixed between the newcomers and the Powhatan Indians.
On June 22, Captain Newport left for England to get more supplies for the new settlement. Not long after Captain Newport left, the settlers began to succumb to a variety of diseases. They were drinking water from the salty or slimy river, which was one of several things that caused the death of many.
The death tolls were high. They were dying from swellings, fluxes, fevers, by famine, and sometimes by wars.
Food was running low, though then Chief Powhatan starting to send gifts of food to help the English. If not for the Powhatan Indians help in the early years, the settlement would most likely have failed, as the English would have died from the various diseases or simply starved.
By latethe relationship between the Powhatan Indians and the English had soured as the English were demanding too much food during a drought. That winter of is known as the "Starving Time.
As a result they ate anything they could: In Mayshipwrecked settlers who had been stranded in Bermuda finally arrived at Jamestown. Part of a fleet sent the previous fall, the survivors used two boats built on Bermuda to get to Jamestown.
Sir Thomas Gates, the newly named governor, found Jamestown in shambles with the palisades of the fort torn down, gates off their hinges, and food stores running low. The decision was made to abandon the settlement. Less than a day after leaving, however, Gates and those with him, including the survivors of the "Starving Time," were met by news of an incoming fleet.
The fleet was bringing the new governor for life, Lord Delaware. Gates and his party returned to Jamestown. He introduced a new strain of tobacco from seeds he brought from elsewhere. Tobacco became the long awaited cash crop for the Virginia Company, who wanted to make money off their investment in Jamestown.
On July 30,newly appointed Governor Yeardley called for the first representative legislative assembly.
This was the beginning of representative government in what is now the United States of America. In that same year, the first documented Africans were brought to Virginia. They added needed human resources for the labor-intensive tobacco.
Also inthe Virginia Company recruited and shipped over about 90 women to become wives and start families in Virginia, something needed to establish a permanent colony. Over one hundred women, who brought or started families, had arrived in prior years, but was when establishing families became a primary focus.
Peace between the Powhatan Indians and the English, brought about by the conversion and marriage of Pocahontas kidnapped by the English in and John Rolfe inended in In March of that year the paramount chief, then Opechancanough, planned a coordinated attack against the English settlements.A History of Jamestown The founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, in Virginia in – 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in Massachusetts – sparked a series of cultural encounters that helped shape the nation and the world.
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