The Tragic True Story Of The Jamestown Settlement

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 The Tragic True Story Of The Jamestown Settlement


Jamestown’s founding in 1607 predated the arrival of the Pilgrims by 13 years, according to Christian Science Monitor. When the first 100 Englishmen to form Jamestown docked their anchors in Virginian shores, though, they weren’t seeking out any noble goals, philosophical freedom, or high aspirations: nah, all they wanted was money. What makes Jamestown’s story so interesting, from a historical perspective, is that it’s like the dark, depressing prequel to the blockbuster movie that would eventually become the United States. All the key themes are introduced, the problems get started, and then nothing is resolved for hundreds of years. 



While the founders of Jamestown hoped for silver and gold, what they found instead was desperate hardship. Certain good things came from their struggles, of course, such as the founding of the first European representative governing body in the Western Hemisphere — arguably paving the way for the USA’s democratic future — but on the other hand, the bad parts of Jamestown’s legacy are awfully bad. For one, it was in Virginia where settlers first initiated centuries of atrocities upon the land’s indigenous people. By 1619, History says, enslaved Africans were sold on Virginian shores, the first time in the continent’s history. While these people were technically classified as “indentured servants,” Jamestown marked the beginning of American slavery, a horrific institution that would forever mar the history books.





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