Jamestown (Colonial Settlements in America) by Tim McNeese

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At Opechancanough’s signal, the threatening warriors dropped their bows, untied Smith, and a feast was held that evening, with Smith the apparent guest of honor. Smith remained a prisoner of the Powhatans for a month. Finally, Opechancanough chose not to kill Smith, but delivered him to Chief Powhatan. MAKING AN AMERICAN LEGEND The meeting between Captain Smith and the great leader Powhatan took place in a large lodge. ”36 There were women present, each taking her place behind her husband. At Powhatan’s side sat a young girl, perhaps only 11 or 12.

The colony ultimately collapsed under its own poor leadership and the effects of starvation. Half of the colony’s members died during the winter season. Those who survived the harsh winter of 1607–08 built a small ship weighing 30 tons and sailed back to Plymouth, England. By that time, another colony had been established in Virginia, one that would ultimately survive—Fort James. *Peter Charles Hoffer, The Brave New World: A History of Early America (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000), 119. 32 JAMESTOWN In 1587, 100 English colonists under the command of Governor John White established a colony at Roanoke Island.

These three men were at the center of organizing a new colony in America. They managed to convince “certaine of the Along with Bartholomew Gosnold and Edward Maria Wingfield, Captain John Smith was one of the primary leaders of the Jamestown settlement. Prior to leaving for Jamestown in December 1606, Smith spent several years as a mercenary for France and the Habsburg Empire. 37 38 JAMESTOWN Nobilitie, Gentry, and Marchants,”15 wrote Smith, to bankroll their colonial enterprise by the summer of 1605.

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