Developing Colonial Structure

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Developing Colonial Structures in England After the death of Queen Elizabeth, England was forced to produce diverse success amongst its people. Tindall and Shi wrote, "James I chartered the Virginia Company with two divisions, the First Colony of London and the Second Colony of Plymouth" (29). England developed two colonial structures, one was settled along the Chesapeake, and the colony was known as Jamestown, and the other half of the developing colonial structures were developed in New England. Although both colonial structures flourished in their own, different, ways, in my opinion Jamestown is credited with forming a strong basis, and in turn, becoming the most successful.

Despite many times of depression, Jamestown always came out on top. With the strong leadership of Captain John Smith, Jamestown was able to develop structure and intelligence. John Smith, appointed by the Virginia Company, became a member of the resident council to manage the new colony of America.

At their first arrival on the Indian inhabited land on the Chesapeake Bay, the colonists "were either townsmen unfamiliar with farming or "˜gentlemen' adventurers who scorned manual labor" (30). With the help of John Smith they were forced to succeed. John Smith brought the colonists leadership and a backbone of structure and aptitude. Through his leadership abilities, Smith was able to bargain with the quarreling Indians, and even map the Chesapeake region.

Like anything else, Jamestown hit a low, but was soon conquered in 1612 by John Rolfe and the Virginia tobacco. Again, Jamestown was pushed along by another leader, John Esaki 2 Rolfe. Rolfe made one of the most important contributions by marrying Pocahontas, the daughter of chief Powhatan. This marriage formed solidity amongst the two diverse communities. "Their marriage helped to ease deteriorating relations between the Indians and English settlers" (32). After...