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UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA AT LAFAYETTE / History / His 221 / Why were some colonies able to survive in the sixteenth­-century?

Why were some colonies able to survive in the sixteenth­-century?

Why were some colonies able to survive in the sixteenth­-century?


School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: History
Course: History of the United States to 1877
Professor: Ian beamish
Term: Fall 2016
Tags: virginia, carolina, and Barbados
Cost: 25
Name: Week 2 Class 2
Description: These notes cover what will be on the midterm exam.
Uploaded: 09/07/2016
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Lecture Guide – Week 2 Class 2 – Southern Colonies in the Seventeenth Century

Why were some colonies able to survive in the sixteenth­-century?


• Why were some colonies able to survive in the sixteenth­century? • Location and crops

• How did Virginia and the Carolina Colony differ?

• Virginia

• Grows slowly

• Serious wars and conflicts with natives

• Over time tobacco and slavery push to become economic success • Carolinas

• sixty years later

• little conflict with natives

• the culture of slavery and plantation agriculture is transported from Barbados even though most are from England 

Failed Colonies

Jamestown (1607)

∙ Structured around a joint stock company

o Virginia company

 Private company

How did virginia and the carolina colony differ?

 Goal: 

∙ set up colony in New World

 Colony named after:

∙ King James

 Goals for Colony:

∙ Find Roanoke If you want to learn more check out What are nutrition concepts?

∙ Make money fast

o Gold

o Establish trade with Native Americans Don't forget about the age old question of What if one person is better at everything?

o Enrich the companies and their big investments

∙ Settlers

o Sailed from England to Chesapeake in 1607

 First permanent English colony in the New World

 Constantly kept sending supplies and new settlers

∙ 3 years later= 61/500 are alive

o Becomes a deadly place to be

 Conflicts with local Native American groups

What are the struggles of a colony?

 Weren’t growing their own food

 Wanted to get rich but didn’t want to work 

for it

∙ Short on farmers and craftsmen 

 Not good at finding a good place to settle

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o Flat and near water

∙ Place where Jamestown was

o Swamp

 Malaria

 Small in comparison to local Native 

American groups 

• Powhatan

• Jamestown settlement pushes to acquire territory from these Natives • Leads to warfare (First Anglo­ Powhatan War (1610­1614)

• Wars flare up over and over again

• Damages settlers and population in Jamestown

• Pocahontas

• Married John Wolfe

• Settler of Jamestown

• Indentured Servants

• Settlement still had not found ways to make money We also discuss several other topics like What is ordeals?

• Virginia Company figures out a way to make money since the settlers  didn’t want to work

• Indentured Servants

• Poor people from England or English colonies who came to

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• Wealthy pay for poor 

• Poor work for wealthy as a servant for seven years

• If servants survive to the end of the seven years, they are 

free and receive a certain amount of land and clothing to 

start their own farm

• Poor would never have been able to own land in 


• Tobacco and Slavery (John Rolfe)

• Discovered after ten years of struggling

• Tobacco is a luxury item in England

• Grows well in Virginia 

• Jamestown grows wealthier

• Can now afford slaves (1619) to grow tobacco instead of 

indentured servants

• Opechancanough (1622­1632)

• Natives vs colonists 

• Conflicts 

• Tobacco

• Increase of Europeans and plantations

• Opec tried to force colonists to abandon colony altogether

• Launched a last attack to remove colonists 

• Governor Berkeley captured and killed Opec

•  “Tobacco Brides” and Family Structure

• 5 to 1 male to female ratio

• Slow population growth If you want to learn more check out How is chemical equilibrium reached?

• Wealthy men pay women to come to Jamestown and marry them • Bacon’s Rebellion (1676) and elites’ fear of cross­racial alliances • Bacon: name of their leader

• Who is revolting?

• Poor Virginians

• Why are these people rebelling?

• Unhappy about the structure of Jamestown and Virginia

• Unhappy that the governor of Jamestown is NOT allowing the  colonists to seize as much land as they want from the Natives

• Wealthy peoples’ concerns

• Want to protect their own land

• Expanding their colonies will anger Natives

• Armed rebellion

• Forced governor to flee 

• Burns down Jamestown

• Stopped by English soldiers

• Outcome

• Wealthy elites of Virginia harden lines between indentured 

servants and servitude

• Drawing distinction will make servants feel like they are 

above slaves

• Buy more slaves and less indentured servants 

American Slavery, American Freedom

• Virginia’s version of freedom required slavery

The Caribbean and the South

• Close ties because of proximity, history, and slavery

• In particular, close ties to the English Caribbean colonies


• One could argue that Barbados was one of the most important influences on the  southern colonies in their early history

• Hub for English empire in the New World

• Wealthiest part of British empire outside of England

• “Jewel of Empire”

• Gets goods (slaves) first

• Most access to enslaved people

• Wealthy Colony

• Sugar and slavery

• Distinct Identity

• Hearth of slavery and plantation societies in the English Atlantic

• Slavery was brutal 

The Barbados Problem

• Demographic and land crisis

• By 1660s all good sugar land was taken

• Wealthy sons had nothing to do

• Barbadian slave owners wanted desperately to find more sugar land and places to  invest their wealth

South Carolina

• William Hilton

• Leads voyage

• Explores the coast of Spanish Florida and Virginia

• Proprietary venture

• English government doesn’t colonize directly 

• Wealthy people governor new colony

• Closest to the crown

• Wealthiest sugar planters from Barbados 

• John Locke

• Wrote first constitution for South Carolina

• Secretary to the rich

• First Fleet

• Load ships and sail from England

• First sail to Barbados

• Take on more passengers and supplies

• Once in the Carolinas, they move around and settle in Charles Town • Charles Town

• People in charge are affiliated in Barbados

• Quickly set standards for what the Carolinas will look like

• The Carolina Colony in the 1680s

• Barbadians bring enslaved people to Carolinas

• Unlike Virginia with small holdings, South Carolina was from the  start a world of slavery and plantations

• Imports the brutal slave laws of Barbados

• Finds a crop that will be successful

• Rice

• Off the coast

• Good location

Struggles of a Colony

 Fewer issues with Native Americans in the very early period

 Poor in people

 Resupply was an issue

 Proximity of Barbados

 Needed a staple crop

 Internal Divisions

Takeaways on Establishing Southern Colonies

 Haphazard process

 Wide variety of motives

 Limited imperial design

 Colonial Competition

 Instability due to environment and Native American interactions  Failure was the rule, success the exception

 Carolina Colony and Virginia offered different models

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