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Life at Jamestown

Employments for Gentlemen by Debry.jpgIn 1607 the Virginia Company of London established a colony in Virginia primarily as an economic venture. They named the colony Jamestown, after King James I of England.  Learn about early settlement life, the colonists' struggles, how the colony survived and the first representative assembly in English North America.

Background Eassy
Life at Jamestown (PDF)
 

Lesson Plans and Resources
How do we know what we know? Analyzing Words
   • Life at Jamestown background essay (pdf)
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Life at Jamestown – Period Quotes  (pdf)

   • Life at Jamestown – Word Analysis Worksheet (pdf)

Constructing a Jamestown Timeline
   • Life at Jamestown - Background Essay (pdf)
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A Jamestown Timeline (pdf)

Laws at Jamestown - Making Decisions
   • Lawes, Divine, Morall and Martiall, etc. handout (PDF)
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Laws at Jamestown – Making Decisions Worksheet (PDF)
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Laws from the General Assembly of Virginia Handout
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Life at Jamestown, Background Essay  (PDF)
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The Virginia Company of London – Background Essay (PDF)
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Company Charters and Challenges – Background Essay (PDF)
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The Great Charter and First General Assembly – Background Essay (PDF)

The Economics of Tobacco - A News Interview
   • Early Industries background essay (pdf)
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Tobacco and Labor background essay (pdf)
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The Economics of Tobacco Worksheet (pdf)
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The Economics of Tobacco – Period Quotes (pdf)

Leadership at Jamestown
   • Leadership Worksheet (pdf) 
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The Life of John Smith - Background Essay (pdf)
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Life at Jamestown - Background Essay (pdf)
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Powhatan’s Challenge and Opechancanough’s Action - Background Essay (pdf)

Evaluating the Impact of People and Events - Designing a Magazine Cover
   • Key Jamestown People and Events (pdf)
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Evaluating Key Jamestown People and Events Worksheet (pdf)
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Cultures at Jamestown background essay (pdf)
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Life at Jamestown background essay  (pdf)
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Young Pocahontas Biography (pdf)
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John Smith Biography (pdf)
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Angela Biography (pdf)
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Women – Brief Essay (pdf)
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Tobacco and Labor – Brief Essay (pdf)

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