Disease, long droughts, tainted water, and 13,000 Native Americans trying to drive these people out. Jamestown being the first English settlement in America, it had its share of kinks. Having only 104 men to start out with in the Chesapeake Bay and half those people being “gentlemen” who don’t work, it was going to be a rough time. What makes a colony successful? Survival, economic success, quality of life, able to grow and flourish, and be able to defend itself against enemies. Jamestown was a failure in the sense that so many people died so quickly. True it was the first permanent settlement in America but they did not find the gold they were looking for and lost many people in the process.
What lack of skills did these people need to have survived? If they had one or two more doctors would have they survived? 58 gentlemen that didn’t work, couldn’t work, and didn’t know how to work didn’t exactly help the settlers. If these 58 gentlemen had been hardworking people who were apothecaries or carpenters or soldiers, they just might have outlasted the Indians attacks.c
The colony was surrounded on all sides by 13,000 Powhatan Indians. This wasn’t very comforting. The fact that the chief’s shaman said that a new “tribe” would come to their land and overrun his empire did not make them any more hospitable to the settlers. This tribe was the only way the settlers even had a chance at surviving. The Indians killed over 130 people at James town. Had the colonists had a better relationship with the Indians, then they probably would have survived the dangerous environment.
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Every day you hear “save the environment!” Yes, it is true we need to take care of our environment but the environment hurts us too. The Jamestown settlers got epicly powned by the environment. The biggest drought in history in that area was just beginning when the settlers arrived. Without water the settlers were no able to grow any crops. Due to the low rainfall, the tides of the Atlantic Ocean brought salt into the James River causing the settlers drinking water to become brackish. The settlers drank enough salt to be poisoned. Over 200 people died from diseases and starvation at James town.
So why did so many colonists die? Well now we know. Jamestown failed because the environment was just too harsh for these Englishmen. It prevented them from growing crops and poisoned them. The environment caused the settlers to turn to the Indians for help, which angered them indirectly, causing them to attack. Due to the settlers lack of skills they were not able to defend themselves properly and grow food to sustain themselves.