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English Settlement of the Chesapeake Region – Virginia and Maryland
American History 1
Edward Vickers
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English Settlement of the Chesapeake Region – Virginia and Maryland    West country men → promoters (Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake)  ● These men want to become power players in England  ● come from the West country to England  ● In the late 1500’s, they all participated in the Conquest of Ireland   ○ were not properly Christian, making it totally legitimate to conquer  ○ can take this blueprint for conquest in the new world  ○ can bring permanent settlement  At this time, England is experiencing an urban population boom...  ● enclosure acts → close off public estates; homeless/common people (80% of people  agricultural) lives are ruined  ○ no longer hunt or fish on public land  ○ goals: increase profits for the crown; exporting more efficient; more out of the  land  ■ if poor people have unlimited access, it makes things much more efficient  ● therefore, people move to urban centers with opportunity (ex. London)  ○ 1550: 200,000 → 1600: 280,000 → 1630: 325,000  ○ all these people make fires and violence common  ■ public entertainment is hanging  ○ as the population goes up, the big property people in London begin to worry  about their properties; the West Country men propose a solution  ○ SOLUTION: let these people be the settlers in the new world (Virginia Company)  ■ if they do this, will depend on the mother country and help bail out  England  Virginia Company  ● fear native resistance will wipe out population, so investors are fearful  ○ West Country response: focus on propaganda from the Spanish... welcome us as  liberators from the evil catholics, more gentle colonization  Attempt 1 at settl (Roanoke in 1555)  ● failure, lost country  ● only find the word Croatoan carved into a tree (which is a small island in shallow waters)  Attempt 2 (Jamestown in 1607)  ● only 100 English men...all these men settling are cabin poor/homeless  ○ initially were just getting a hot meal → got drunk → ended up on a boat in the  middle of the atlantic  ○ most have never done labor in their life; not fit to make a colony, so they turn to  the Indians  ● encounter the Powhatan Confederacy   ○ 30 algonquin tribes; 34,000 indians  ○ Powhatan is the Chief  ● At the times, Jamestown was just a fort (Triangular Shape) that is set up next to a marsh  on the North bank of the James river  ○ Cannons not only face the water, but also the interior  ○ set up where salt water meets fresh water  ● sickness is the biggest threat  ○ hot and in the marshes….mosquitoes and malaria   ○ blaugsh or salt poisoning from water   ■ also made people lose their minds  ● people continue to come to colony  ○ 1609: 220   ■ 1607­1622 thousands sent, 60% survive  ○ one person if convicted for eating his wife  ● all commercial purposes for settling, has nothing to do with converting Indians  ○ initial search is for gold, but eventually find tobacco  ○ want to make a profit  ○ will exchange tools and weapons with Indians for corn  Indians view on Jamestown...doesn't want war with the english, but considers adopting them as  a tribe/ally to protect against enemies  ● any violence that breaks out has to do with food  ● Indians have no concept of market, they grow for subsistence and the English don’t care  ●  1605­1610  ○ 17 English men are trying to demand corn from the Indians  ○ Indian kill them and stuff their mouths with corn  ○ message probably is that they are sick of giving you corn  ○ English take this as war   ● 1610  ○ Capt. George Percy leads a group of british into a village and kills about 60  indians  ○ takes chief's wives and kids as hostages   ■ kids are killed for fun on the way back  ○ governor is upset by this bc the wife was still alive...wanted more retaliation  ● 1609  ○ smith is trying to get Powhatan out of his house to ambush  ○ Smith ends up being taken captive and is going to be executed  ○ Pocahontas steps in right before his death and begs Powhatan not to kill him…  ■ Smith thinks he has barely escaped with his life, does not think he is  subordinate to Indians  ■ Powhatan thinks that this is all a religious ceremony; Smith  now owes loyalty  ● 1613  ○ Pocahontas is captured and English try to convert her (becomes Rebecca?)  ■ ends up marrying a man named John Rolfe  ○ peace is not achieved until 1614  ○ 1615 her and John Rolfe go back to England  ○ 1617 Pocahontas died due to sickness and English lose propaganda   ○ 1618 Powhatan dies and his brother takes over  ● Under Opechancanough’s rule…  ○ encourages the English to expand  ○ eludes that he will convert to Christianity  ○ 1622­ he attacks these small settlements   ■ kills over 400 colonists (⅓ of population)  ■ this attack gives them an excuse to exterminate Indians  ○ 1623­ poison Indians at a meal and kill them off  ○ 1644­ kills 400 colonists, but now there are 10,000 people settled  ○ 1646­ Opech is captured  ■ at this time he is blind, 100 years old  ■ one day a soldier just walks up and shoots him  ■ formal end to this confederacy  ● now that this reign is over, laws are passed than Indians are allowed to be shot if they  are caught trespassing  ● by 1650, almost entire indian population is wiped out  Tobacco “Boom” (1620­1630)  ● introduced in 1616 by John Rolfe, but doesn't take off until 1620’s  ● 1624: 200,000lbs produced → 1638: 3,000,000lbs  ● it is selling 5­10 times more   ● Headright system  ○ initially, indentured servants worked in these fields   ○ people want to come over and work, work is now voluntarily  ○ if these servants survive 5­7 years, they will be granted 50 acres of land   ○ wealthy men would pay for these servants to come over  ● 1650: 17,000 → 1700: 41,000  ○ it is this economic chances that drive people to come over  ○ willing to risk the chance of death for this profit  cultural chauvinis superiority complex that the English have   


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