Why Did So Many Colonist Died? by Ashley P.

      Out of the 110 males who came to Early Jamestown in 1607 from their mother country, England, only 40 would be alive by the end of the year.  In 1607-1611, Jamestown, Virginia was in a very tough situation. Which leads us to the question, why did so many colonists die? Colonists died in Early Jamestown because of three reasons. These problems were bad relations with Native Americans, bad water, and poor settler skills.

      The first reason so many Jamestown colonists died was bad relations between the English settlers and the Native Americans. According to Document D,  the English settlers had bad relations with the Powhatans during the years 1607-1610. They were constantly at war with each other in Jamestown, Virginia. The English threatened the Native Americans various times and had killed 2 of the Powhatans. According to Document E, another  reason they had bad relations was the Native Americans killed 7 of the English settlers. The Native Americans were also forced by the English to trade crops with one another. This evidence helps explain why so many colonists died. In Document E it states that the English settlers were killed by the Native Americans because of bad relations which caused more tension between each other. Doc D and E proves that the English settlers and the Powhatans were constantly at war with each other for the reasons stated above.

      The second reason so many Jamestown colonists died was bad water. According to Document B, the English had a huge problem with water from the years 1607-1611. There had been a drought in Virginia since 1606 and was at its worst when the settlers were there. The drought lasted from 1606-1612. The human body can only survive about 3 days without water before they start to perish. Water was a critical issue in Jamestown. According to Document A, the limited water that they had was mostly brackish water, brackish water caused disease and illness. The river was the settlers main source of water. Human waste and filth were dumped into the river. This evidence helps prove why so many colonists died because in Document A, B, and E it states evidence that proves that bad water was one of the three reasons why so many colonists died in Jamestown in the year 1606.

      The third and final reason Jamestown colonists died were poor settler skills. According to Document C,  English Settlers had varied skills and occupations to contribute, they still struggled to survive in Jamestown, Virginia. There were skilled males in Jamestown such as Blacksmiths, Sailors, Surgeons, Gentlemen, etc. Gentlemen are men who were once rich or had rich parents but were then possibly in debt and were at Jamestown to pay off their debt. This evidence helps explain why so many colonists died. As Document C states, there were many skilled men  who had occupations in Jamestown but they had poor fighting skills. In my opinion, this was the reason so many settlers lost their lives.

      In conclusion, there are many reasons why many colonists died at Jamestown, Virginia from 1606-1611. The three reasons were bad relations with the Powhatans, bad water, and poor settler skills. Although other people might have different opinions I strongly believe that the main reason so many colonists died was  bad relations with the Powhatans. Bad relations with the Native Americans caused many problems such as the natives killing English settlers and the Indians attacking the English settlements causing many settlers to die.

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