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The Jamestown Fiasco The mistakes made by the early settlers at Jamestown which threatened their survival is the fact that they didnt 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 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 Powhatans 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 didnt help the colony not to mention that the council members spent most of their time bickering and intriguing against one another Later John Smith came to rescue by putting people to work but that changed again when the Virginia Company came to take over the charge with military discipline Jamestown settlers were unable to feed themselves because they were unwilling to work for food It is stated that even Indians knew that settlers were dependant upon Indians for food The settlers have fallen into an uneasy truce with the Indians punctuated by guerrilla raids on both sides but they have had plenty of time in which they could have grown crops When Smith told them that its choice between working or starving the death rate dropped dramatically on later winter Another explanation is the character of the immigrants There was an extraordinary number of gentlemen not to mention that gentlemen by definition had no manual skill nor could they be expected to work at ordinary labor Gentlemen
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