Jamestown & Tobacco America the Story of Us

Jamestown & Tobacco America the Story of Us

First permanent English Settlement


Since Roanoke discouraged many of the English, it was very difficult to get a sponsor and be able to travel to America to try to settle again. This time they settled in Virginia, and called their settlement Jamestown after the English King. They also called the first river they saw, James river, also after the king.

Once again, captain Smith had to leave, and the settlers suffered the starving time during the winter from 1609 to 1610. They fought with the Natives, but the relationship with them was improved after John Rolfe married Pocahontas. They got money from selling tobacco seeds.

Hardships in Jamestown

  • Relationships with the Native Americans weren't good.
  • Unfamiliar climate
  • Salt poisoning
  • Diseases
  • Water was only drinkable on a certain part of the year
  • Starvation
  • The fort was built on the dirtiest part of James river