Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.3f - Jamestown Hardships

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by

f)  describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


Many people face hardships at different times in their lives.

When moving to a new place, establishing a new colony, or trying something new there may be hardships.

Hardships can be overcomes.


The English settlers found life in Jamestown harder than they had expected.

What hardships did the Jamestown settlers face?

What changes took place that resulted in survival of the settlers?


Determine cause-and-effect relationships. (VS.1b)

Compare and contrast historical events. (VS.1c)

Draw conclusions and make generalizations. (VS.1d)

Sequence events in Virginia history. (VS.1f)

Interpret ideas and events from different historical perspectives. (VS.1g)

Hardships faced by the settlers

  • The site they chose to live on was marshy and lacked safe drinking water.
  • The settlers lacked some skills necessary to provide for themselves.
  • Many settlers died of starvation and disease.

Changes that resulted in survival

  • The arrival of supply ships
  • The forced work program and strong leadership of Captain John Smith
  • The emphasis on agriculture


Updated: Apr 29, 2016