An English Colony Jamestown Third Grade Social Studies Rita Rogers
George Percy He was a passenger on a small ship that sailed from England to North America in 1607. George Percy wrote these words about North America: “There are fair meadows and goodly tall trees……beautiful strawberries and excellent good timber.”
Natural Resources Tall pines trees were used for building houses and making bows and arrows. They also carved out trees and used them as canoes. They fished in the James River and the Chesapeake Bay. A bay is a body of water partly surrounded by land.
Coastal Plain The area around Jamestown is a coastal plain. A coastal plain is flat land along the coast. It is good for farming. Corn, beans, and squash were grown on the plain
The English at Jamestown England sent John Smith to start a colony at Jamestown. A colony is a place ruled by another country. A colonist is someone who lives in a colony.
Difficult Times Even with the help of the Powhatan Indians the colonists struggled. The winter of 1609 was called a “starving time.”There was little food. Colonists were dying from diseases.
The Colony Survives In 1612, a colonist named John Rolfe began growing a new kind of tobacco and sending it back to England. The tobacco was sold for a lot of money. Rolfe married Pocahontas, an Indian, in 1614. Their marriage led to a long time of peace between the Indians and the English.
Why It Matters After years of struggle, the little community of Jamestown grew larger. It was joined by other colonies. Later, these colonies-13 in all-came together as a new country, the United States of America.