Oh Brave New World

How and Why the Jamestown Settlers [Messed] Up final

| Friday, August 1st, 2014

Jamestown, the first permanent colony in the United States, was settled by predominantly gentlemen and skilled craftsmen sent by the Virginia Company in England. The seemingly harmless decision of sending gentry and skilled workers to the unexplored land in Virginia was actually an incredible mistake, in that the settlers of Jamestown were horribly unprepared and […]

20/20 Hindsight: The Early Failures of Jamestown

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Jamestown was indisputably a success in the end. While it did not provide immediate returns to it’s investors, and administration changed, in the end it provided a hugely profitable source of revenue and the standard of living developed into one of the higher ones in the 18th century. However, in it’s early years, it was […]

Jamestown: A Nearly Failed Experiment

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

After Spanish efforts to colonize South America, Great Britain felt that in order to maintain it’s presence as a world power it had to follow suit with a colony of their own in the new world. The result was the colony of Jamestown in 1607. The colonists coming to this new place believed that easy […]

Jamestown Was Successful?

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Callie Folke Jamestown is not what I expected. It was much more brutal and inhumane than I ever imagined it would be. I suppose this is because the last time my school taught anything about American History was in 7th grade, except we didn’t even talk about Jamestown at all. So really, the last time […]

“Incompetent Leadership”

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

For the brave, opportunistic and adventurous spirit, the settlement of Jamestown was definitely the place to start a new life.  Founded by a private entity known as the Virginia Company in 1607, Jamestown was named in honor of King James I of England.  The Virginia Company’s main purpose was to colonize and establish settlements along […]

Trials of the New World

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

When the English settlers came to the New World in 1607, riches were among the first things on their mind. However, gold was not what they found; instead they found starvation, conflict with the Indians, and sickness. From the Old World perspective of less intensive labor and wealth that came from the Indians, the colonist […]

Lost in Translation

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

We all know quite well the almost mythical legend of John Smith’s rescue by Pocahontas, but the question is do we believe the infamous braggadocio? At first, I admit, I had my doubts, but now I’m a believer. The Five Nation Iroquois, rather than Captain John Smith, compelled me to realize the ignorant truth of […]

Two Worlds Collide

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

Kelby Williamson Jamestown through the Revolution: Week One In May of 1607, immigrants from England looking to make a profit arrived in the New World, settling at Jamestown, Virginia. Expecting to find riches and endless resources to exploit, the English were in for a surprise. Instead they found little profit, hard labor, and a people […]

Jamestown’s Woes: Results of a Faulty Owner’s Manual?

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

In the year 1607, Captain Christopher Newport hopped off of the Discovery, propped a hand on his hip, struck a jaunty pose, and wondered to himself, “Ok, now what?”  Well, maybe that’s not exactly what happened.  But luckily for him, the Virginia Company of London had given him a trusty old letter, their version of […]

Jamestown through the Native’s Point of View

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

When we are taught about the settling of Jamestown, w are educated through the English point of view, rarely are we encouraged to see the problem the English caused for the Native Americans who had already settled here. Though we are taught to think about Jamestown as a colonial project, their story is expanded and […]

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