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The Jamestown Colony

About the The Jamestown Colony Lesson

This lesson introduces students to Jamestown.

• To be able to describe how and why Jamestown was colonized.

• To be able to name some of the important figures in Jamestown.

• To be able to describe some of the conflicts Jamestown had with the Native Americans.

• To be able to explain the importance of tobacco to Jamestown.

Suggested Grades
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade

The Virginia Company set sail on May 24, 1607. They had three ships that landed near the Chesapeake Bay area on the banks of the James River. This is where they founded Jamestown, which was the first permanent English colony in the New World.

The settlers had a difficult time when they founded Jamestown. The land was hot, humid, and mosquito-infested. The people that settled Jamestown were primarily aristocrats, so they did not know how to farm, fish, or hunt. They actually spent most of their time searching for gold that did not exist. Many died from disease, malnutrition, and starvation.




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