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Written Assignment 1 Christy Avalle 0595219 Population growth, the search for riches, such as jewels, gold, silver, land; the desire to open new trade markets, the desire to separate from the problems in their homelands and start fresh are all motives for the Europeans to colonize and expand in the new world. In 1606 The London Company sent three ships named the Godspeed, the Discovery and the Susan Constant to Virginia in an attempt to colonize it. Out of the 144 men that went only 104 survived the journey. In 1607, they reached their destination and Jamestown was founded, but not without difficulty. The site they picked was a swampy location and prone to malaria outbreaks. Many of the men died from this, and the lack of sufficient food or family type atmosphere (there were no women) had devastating effects. In 1608 more ships arrived with more men, and only 38 or the original colonists had survived. With this came the arrival of Captain John Smith, who reorganized, and coordinated raids on the natives to steal food to aid In their survival. In 1609, nine ships headed to Virginia but not all made it. This time women and child were sent to aid in the colonization. The Indians retaliated to the previous acts of the settlers by killing their livestock and keeping them stuck where they were. Only 60 of the nearly 500 survived this season. However, soon with the arrival of Lord De la Warr, plans and organization was implemented to help the colony thrive and survive.

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