The Life Of A Jamestown Colonist



Anne Williams was born in 1570. She traveled to Jamestown, Virginia with the first group of settlers to go there. She, her mother, and her two sisters were the first women and among one of the only peasant families to go on that first voyage to Jamestown. Here is her story as she remembers it. She gives us a historical account of the events which led up to the settling of Jamestown and her feelings about the facts.
The story of colonization in Jamestown is not a story of beauty, pride, or glory. In fact, it is not even a story of success. History may portray Jamestown as a Utopia for the oppressed English; however, I feel differently. I feel differently because I lived through those ...

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such a foothold in the New World. No one in England liked the fact that Spain was the most powerful country in Europe. The king decided to explore in an effort to find a northwest passage to Asia without going around Asia. England also wanted to steal some of Spain’s riches, or “singe the King of Spain’s beard,” as we referred to the phrase back then. English pirates, such as Sir Francis Drake, began privateering, or plundering Spanish ships for riches. During this time, there was a population explosion in England because fertility was up and mortality was down. I, myself am the youngest of eight children. A man named Richard Hakluyt , based on the population explosion, convinced the Queen that England needed to form colonies because England would eventually run out of land. He could not have been more correct. The enclosure movement affected my family tremendously. Englishmen began fencing and enclosing public land. Most of the peasants, including my family, were kicked off our ...

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to settle when Sir Walter Raleigh and one hundred men journeyed to the outer banks of North Carolina in 1587. It was called Roanoke Island. Although Roanoke had fertile soil and seemingly friendly Natives, the story of Roanoke would also be a story of failure. The downward spiral for Roanoke began when a Native stole a silver cup from the English settlers. Apparently, our settlers were willing to take lives in exchange for a silver cup because they began to retaliate against the Natives, destroying their entire village. Another thing that stood in the way of success is that the settlers were bad food gatherers. In 1587, Raleigh sent three ships with 150 men, women, and children. He ...

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