Founding and survival of Jamestown, Virginia!

The founding of Jamestown, America’s first permanent English colony, in Virginia in 1607 – 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth in Massachusetts – sparked a series of cultural encounters that helped shape the nation and the world.  The government, language, customs, beliefs and aspirations of these early Virginians are all part of the United States’ heritage today.

The colony was sponsored by the Virginia Company of London, a group of investors who hoped to profit from the venture.  Chartered in 1606 by King James I, the company also supported English national goals of counterbalancing the expansion of other European nations abroad, seeking a northwest passage to the Orient, and converting the Virginia Indians to the Anglican religion.



A1-Describe the journey of the colonists on their way to Jamestown.

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A2- Explain the pros and cons for the colonists settling in Jamestown.

B2- Why was Captain John Smith a leader (council president) who was loved and hated?

C2- Explain what the time period after Smith's departure was called "Starving time?"

D2- How did the Virginia Company try to make a profit in Jamestown?

E2- Infer a lasting legacy from Jamestown on the U.S. today?

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A3- Write a "Gist" and provide textual evidence to explain one of the five topics on the upper-left hand side of the webpage. Student choice of "Jamestown, Voyages, the Shallop, Smith's Maps or Smith's Journals.



Students will be evaluated in his/her ability support his/her claims with textual evidence from primary and secondary sources. 


America recognized the 400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia in 2007.  Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in North America.  The history of Jamestown includes many developments of which this nation can be proud.  Yet, the Powhatan Indians, the English, and the Africans who came together at Jamestown struggled through indescribable hardships and difficult interactions, as each played a unique role in the colony’s survival.

The colony at Jamestown laid the foundation for our system of free enterprise.  Colonists came to Virginia to make a profit.  They tried many things, including glassmaking and silk production.  Nothing worked well for them until 1613, when John Rolfe cultivated a sweeter brand of tobacco and made it profitable for the company.  It became profitable because it met the needs and wants of the Europeans for a better tasting tobacco. Tobacco served as money at Jamestown and was used to pay salaries and wages.  However, most of the land required to grow tobacco was taken from the Powhatans.  Dependence upon this cash crop became the key to survival for the colony. At the same time, tobacco growing could not have succeeded without the labor force the Africans provided.

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