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Jamestown, a Comparison of Accounts

As I compare the account of the settling of Jamestown as written in Chapter three of the textbook to Jeffery L. Sheler’s account in the Smithsonian Magazine, I will show how they are alike and how they differ. Both are in agreement that the settlers suffered from diseases, drought, and starvation, as well as attacks from the Native Americans. When the settlers first landed, they were in awe of the garden paradise, the fresh streams, and the stately trees. However, soon, they were involved in their first Indian skirmish. This resulted in their going back to their ships and traveling down the James River to secure a safe sight. They landed on a marshy peninsula which they thought would give them protection from further Indian attacks and also serve as a good place to watch for enemy ships. Also, it states in both of the article and the chapter that they worked at building a fortress and were eager to extract gold, timber, and other commodities for the Virginia Company. As a result of their unwise choice for the location of the first English settlement, and due to the tremendous heat and insect infestation, 46 of the colonist died. Other deaths were to follow from Indian attacks and disease. Chapter 3 portrays the settlers as high bred gentlemen who wanted to be leaders and not laborers. Many of the others were craftsmen and men who had always worked as gentlemen's servants. It also states that the settlers resorted to bullying the Indians for food and had no desire to labor. IN the article “Rethinking Jamestown” written by Jeffery L. Sheler in the Smithsonian Magazine, we are challenged to take a much different view of the settlers based on the latest archaeological finds The archaeologist believe that the artifacts they have uncovered show that the Jamestown settlers were much better equipped than…...

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