Why Did So Many Colonists Die At Jamestown? by Joseph V.

In the Spring of 1607, one hundred and ten settlers settled at Jamestown, but only forty would survive in the first six months. The settlers from the mother country of England went on three ships looking for new land and the settlers founded Jamestown in 1607. The settlers got a resupply in January in their settlement which saved them from total collapse, but in two years,the hard times continued. Then, there was the winter of 1609-1610, two-thirds of the settlers died and the settlers still kept coming because they were poor. There are many reasons why colonists died at Jamestown in 1607-1611. The main reasons are bad water, poor settler skills, and bad relations with Indians.

    The first reason why the colonists died was bad water. The English did not know how the river worked and the river contained feces which made the colonists sick. because The settlers dumped their filth in the river, the mortality rate went up (Doc. A). The tides made clean water become brackish water which also made settlers sick (Doc.A). Bad water caused settlers to get sick, so many of the settlers died.

    The next reason the colonists died was poor settler skills. Most of the occupations of men in Jamestown were gentlemen (Doc. C). Forty-three percent were people who were used to doing nothing (Doc. C). There were also no farmers (Doc. C). The settlers had no food because the settlers had no farmers to grow food (Doc. C). Poor settler skills caused the settlers to have no food and few workers which caused many settlers to die.

    The last and final reason why the colonists died was bad relationships with the Native Americans. They were known as the Powhatans. Five settlers died in 1607 (Doc. E). This means that the Indians attacked when the settlers came to Jamestown (Doc. E). Also, fifty settlers died in 1609-1610 (Doc.E). Bad relationships with the Indians caused many settlers to die. The Native Americans they killed the settlers from the very start and killed fifty settlers in 1609-1610.

    There are many reasons why so many colonists died at Jamestown but the main reasons were bad water, poor settler skills, and bad relationships with the Native Americans.

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