Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jamestown, Goldhunters?

I was watching Pocahontas Disney movie, and had to wonder; Did the Jamestown Company (The Virginia Company of London) really search for gold?  In searching this question, I must conclude that the answer is yes.  Initially the members of the company spent too much time searching for gold and silver.  As a result the efforts to support themselves were lacking which caused hunger and a poor economy.  Many of the early settlers died due to hunger, disease and the elements.  John Smith was instrumental in getting the colony to focus on agriculture and taking care of their needs.  The philosophy became, if you don't work, you don't eat.

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