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  1. Virginia Company • A Charter: an Economic Venture supported by investors King Charles granted the Virginia Company all land from present-day North Carolina to southern New York. Called Virginia in memory of Queen Elizabeth I.

  2. First Venture: 1607 • Men Only, Traders Only • Job: Send back Gold, Foreign Foods, and Native American Products. • SURVIVE

  3. “All they wanted, one of them said, was to 'dig gold, refine gold, and load gold” • –Quoted in America: A Concise History, 44

  4. Jamestown • Swamp Land • Three Sides Protected by Water-- afraid of an attack by the Spanish • Far enough inland • Deep enough waters right off shore to dock ships • Fort James Town 1608

  5. SWAMP=MOSQUITOS • MOSQUITOS=MALARIA • Therefore, • SWAMP=DEATH PROBLEMS! • No fresh water source • & • Refused to Plant any Crops

  6. After Year 1: • The Fort Burned Down • After Nine Months: 38 of 120 men still lived • "Our men were destroyed with cruel diseases, as Swellings, Fluxes, Burning Fevers, and by warres...but for the most part they died of mere famine." • -quoted in America: a Concise History, 44

  7. Supply 1: January 1608 • Brought Supplies and 70 more colonists

  8. Supply 2: October 1608 • Brought more supplies, a few women, and non-English artisans

  9. By 1611 1,200 sent to Jamestown. Less than half will survive.

  10. Pocahontas & John Smith • John Smith captured in winter of 1607 • Ritualistic Saving by Pocahontas? • " a little Indian girl rushed in and took Smith's 'head in her arms and laid her owne upon his to save him from death.' • historicjamestowne.org, The World of Pocahontas • 1870