1.) What was the first English Settlement?
2.) What were the two attempts to settle a English
Colony in North America?
3.) Why did people settle in Jamestown?
4.) What were the positive effects that the English
5.) How long did John Smith live?
In 1607, Jamestown was the first English settlement that
survived in North America. There were 144 men and
boys that found the Jamestown colony, which was
named after King James 1. Out of the 144 men, only 38
survived because they were more worried about wealth
and gold instead of farming and agriculture, so the food
supply dwindled and they starved to death.
There were two attempts to settle English colonies in
North America but they didn’t last. Sir Walter Raleigh
tempted to set up the first English colony on the East
Coast. He named it Virginia, after the Virgin Queen.
After a year, they all decided to go back home. He then
made a second attempt in 1590 in Roanoke, Virginia but
then when the supply ships came, it was gone.
People settled in Jamestown because the people before
that settled there had found gold in South America and
they wanted it to themselves. The colonists were told
that if they didn’t find any gold, they would be killed. So
because of that, the men spent most of their time
Wealthy business men and marketers sought
opportunities to invest their money because there were
better living conditions, more land, and a lot more
resources that would be useful to sell. Joint stock
companies would sell shares of stock to ventures and
because of that, the stocks would rise. Social and
Political people wanted the land because you could
adventure it and discover things, there were a lot of
military and native motives, and because they could
turn it into another monarchy.
Positive effects that the English colonization had was the
women would make different resources such as mats,
corn, baskets, pots, mortars, and bread. They also
brought different types of technology over and were the
center of trade. A negative effect of the English Colony
was there were a lot of diseases that were spread around
and over 1/3 of the people died because of them.
John Smith was born on January in the year 1580 and he
died in June in the year of 1631. Smith was the first
English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area and
New England. Smith trained people in Jamestown how
to farm and work. He also was the leader of the English
colony. His motto was “Work or Starve”.