Jamestown. By Claudia Costa, Niyam Shah, and Jerome Abdel- Maseih. Key Terms and People. Terms Indentured Servants Head right System Starving Time House of Burgesses Cash Crop. People King James I Captain John Smith Lord De La Warr John Rolfe
By Claudia Costa, Niyam Shah, and Jerome Abdel-Maseih
King James I
Captain John Smith
Lord De La Warr
An overview of the Colony.
Name of Government was The House of Burgesses.
First met in 1619.
Their first governor was George Yeardley.
The men who worked in Jamestown worked mainly as farmers in tobacco crops or hunted for food to sell.
Only men were brought on first ships
Settlers were not well-equipped for life in Jamestown
Survival plan depended upon regular supplies from England and trade with Native Americans
No profitable export had been identified
John Rolfe held the key to the Colony’s economic success
Winter of 1609-1610
Drought earlier in 1609 had left fields barren
All but 60 of 500 colonists died
The population in Jamestown around 1700 was about 100,000 people including slaves.
At one point during the Starving Time the population was only 60 men.