The main reason Jamestown didn’t do so well was because they lacked leadership and organization. They had to survive many Indian attacks, especially after John Smith left. They went through a period called “The Starvation Period”. The
people were so hungry that some men dug up an Indian from his grave and added herbs and spices to him and ate him. One man ate his wife, and he was convicted of murder. The inhabitants of Jamestown suffered many diseases and sickness.
Tobacco was one of the main crops in Virginia, they learned how to grow it from the Indians.
Massachusetts was under the leadership of John Winthrop. He was a
strict religious man and had firm authority. They came to the New World to bring
Christianity. Most of the people who migrated to Massachusetts were
In Plymouth the pilgrims petitioned for a land patent from the Virginia Company of London. The pilgrims landed in Massachusetts instead of Virginia and the patent had no value.
Many of the early settlers died from disease and hunger.
George Alsop came over to Maryland as an indentured servant. He wrote that tobacco, and fur from beavers and otters and other animals were traded. They planted crops in the summer and tobacco was the main crop.
I think over all people mainly came to the New World for freedom. Some did come searching for greedy reasons, such as gold and other treasures they could find. Most of the people came for religious purposes. They all had their own
hardships. Some had to battle with Indians. A lot of the people dealt with sickness, and diseases and starvation. Once they got settled they learned how to grow tobacco and raise their crops and trade furs. The ones that made peace with the Indians seemed to learn a lot about farming and other trades and how to live off the land.
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