Was Jamestown a Fiasco?

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  • Topic: Christopher Newport, Lupe Fiasco, Virginia Company
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I feel with reading both sides of the argument I still have to agree with Morgan and saying that Jamestown was a true Lupe fiasco. The mistakes made by the early settlers at Jamestown, which threatened their survival. In fact the first day that the Europeans came over and the Indians of the Cape Henry region, when they found a party of twenty or thirty strangers walking around on their territory, drove them back to the ships they came on so there first in counter with the new world natives was not great. Also \they didn’t harvest for themselves, but rely on Indians. During the winter of 1609-10, things could have been better, yet 500 settlers were starving from lack of harvesting. The result is that they showed one and only authentic examples of cannibalism witnessed in Virginia. Part of this reason being that of the 105 settlers who started the colony, 36 could be classified as gentlemen. In the first supply of the 120 additional settlers, 28 were gentlemen, and in the second 70 again 28 were gentlemen. These gentlemen as England had. Gentle by definition, had no manual skill, nor could they be expected to work at ordinary labor. They were supposed to be useful for the force of knowledge”. But to have 90 wise men offering advice while a few hundred did the work was inauspicious. By the spring, only sixty of them were left alive. Also, Indians gave them trouble time to time. What Captain Christopher Newport did as soon as he landed was building a fort and trying to make friends with Indians. Yet, when he came back, he found that two hundred of Powhatan’s warriors had attacked the fort. Even afterward, uneasiness with Indians continues throughout. Nonetheless, important thing to notice is that many mistakes of settlers are offspring of the poor organization and direction of the colony. The way leaders were picked didn’t help the colony, not to mention that the council members spent...
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