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How and Why the Jamestown Settlers [Messed] UP

| Sunday, July 20th, 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 […]

The Effect of Leadership On Early Virginia Society

| Sunday, July 20th, 2014

When what would become the first settlers of the United States embarked on their treacherous journey across the Atlantic, they began an adventure that would change history in ways they could not conceive. The settlement at Jamestown was originally intended to be an extension of England that would bring in an economic profit, mainly through […]

Why did the Native Americans Feed the Colonists?

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

    The early colonists struggled with day to day survival yet they grew to thrive, with the help of the Powhatan. That the Powhatan gave the early colonists food is almost undisputed, however the reasons for such an action is not a cut and dry answer. The natives might have helped the colonists because […]

Relentless: Jamestown’s Unforgiving Environment

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

In 1607,representatives of a joint-stock company known as the Virginia Company landed on a heavily forested peninsula jutting out into a brackish, swampy estuary. Here they would build a settlement named Jamestown, a reference to King James I.  The settlers, composed primarily of idle gentlemen and skilled commoners, faced innumerable hardships and spectacular challenges that […]

Natives Could Think for Themselves? (Post 1)

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Post 1, Chloe Kiernicki Like many children who went through the American school system, I remember dressing up for Thanksgiving as either a Native American or a Pilgrim.  At the time, I understood the first Thanksgiving as a simple narrative involving kind Indians taking pity on the poor, suffering Pilgrims and heroically saving the foreign […]

Causes and Consequences of the Chesapeake Immigration Stream

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Payton Rose Nicolette Gable History 216 20 July 2014 Contributions and Consequences of the Chesapeake Immigration Stream Jamestown, founded in 1607 and named for King James I, was England’s first permanent colony in the New World. The crown presented the Virginia Company a charter with the goal of opening new economic opportunities for the fledgling […]

Two Worlds: Cultural Values of Jamestown Settlers and Powhatan Native Americans

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Over the past week, I have come to a greater understanding of the culture values of both the Powhatan Native Americans and the Jamestown settlers.  Both groups of people experienced and coped with different experiences in their own way, over time adapting and shaping their own culture to better adapt to their environment. The Powhatans […]

The Collision of Cultures at the Virginia Colonies

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Before the arrival of English to the area that would eventually become known as the colony of Virginia, the Powhatan Indians, as well as other tribes, had occupied the land for centuries and possessed distinct cultural practices and world outlooks. When the European settlers landed in 1609 at what would become Jamestown, the world of […]

Missing Links and Empty Fields: Native Virginian History of the Contact Period

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

American history has a reputation for being whitewashed.  As the expression goes: history is written by the victors.  And in our society that means upper-class, white, straight, men.  The history of other groups tends not to be taught unless in a specialty class (e.g. LGBT/black/women’s studies) and if it is taught in mainstream history it […]

The Debunking and Limits of American Mythology

| Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Every country has its own folklore, and the United States of America is no different. These myths shape our national identity and create a rough outline of our history.  Americans can connect with other Americans living thousands of miles away through the common knowledge of these myths.  While myths are captivating, they can only show […]

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