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The English Colonies, 1605-1760
Guide: Jamestown

These resources on the Jamestown colony explain the colony's origins, successes, and challenges. Use these resources to support your students' analysis of the Jamestown colony's success. Use the Export to My Lists button above to turn this into a research list for your students.

Time Period Key Understandings

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  • Events can have multiple outcomes and include unintended consequences
  • Powerful nations' ability to control wealth and resources increases their ability to influence other nations
  • Cultural exchanges can occur intentionally and unintentionally
  • A civilization's success and growth is largely dependent on geographical location
  • Culture is the product of shared economic, religious, and political values
  • Regional characteristics can influence people's perspectives

Key Questions

  • What were the intentions and motivations of the Virginia company?
  • What were some of the challenges and opportunities the Jamestown settlers encountered?
  • Evaluate the success of the Jamestown colony; to what extent was the colony prosperous?


  1. Overview: Jamestown
  2. Visuals: Jamestown (Visual)
  3. Outlines: Outline
  4. Lesson: Introduction
  5. Lesson: 1-Economics
  6. Lesson: 2- Immigration
  7. Lesson: 3-Pocahontas and John Smith
  8. Lesson: Closing
  9. Photos & Illustrations: Jamestown: settlers make camp
  10. Photos & Illustrations: Jamestown: wives for the settlers
  11. Photos & Illustrations: John Smith's 1612 map of Virginia
  12. Reference Articles: Jamestown
  13. Reference Articles: Virginia Company of London
  14. Reference Articles: Anglican Church
  15. Biographies: Pocahontas
  16. Biographies: Smith, John
  17. Political, Government & Court Documents: Berkeley, William: report on Virginia (1671)
  18. Letters & Narratives: Smith, John: on the settlement at Jamestown (1608)

MLA Citation

"Jamestown." History Hub, ABC-CLIO, 2019, historyhub.abc-clio.com/Search/Display/2153060. Accessed 15 Sept. 2019.

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