JohnSmith - History 103 John Smiths Role The Starving Time is about the winter period from December 1609 to April 1610 when seventy-five percent of the

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History 103 John Smith’s Role The Starving Time is about the winter period from December 1609 to April 1610 when seventy-five percent of the English colonists in Virginia died of starvation. The colonists who arrived at Jamestown, Virginia, in April 1607 were not supposed to grow their on food, they thought they could depend on trade with the local Native American's while waiting on supply ships from England. A fleet from England did not arrive until January 1608 way after it was supposed to arrive with new colonists and no food supplies. Captain John Smith was a leader of the Jamestown settlement from 1608 to 1609, and found triumph in trading with nearby Native Americans. He gained knowledge of tribes in the surrounding area and also managed to trade deals with some of the Powhatan's enemies, including the Nansemonds. Tribes that were not friendly with the Powhatan tribe were not as open to the idea. John Smith also forced the colonists to either farm, or learn how to farm. Smith did not allow the men to just relax all day, instead he made the men work 4 to 6 hour shifts. Even

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