Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.3g - Interactions between the English Settlers and the Native People

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

g)  describing the interactions between the English settlers and the native peoples, including the contributions of Powhatan to the survival of the settlers.

Bloom's Level: Understand

Adopted: 2008


When different people or groups interact there may be times of competition and times of cooperation.


The native peoples and the English settlers at Jamestown established trading relationships and, for a while, had positive interactions.

How did the native peoples and the English settlers interact?

Why did the relationship between the Jamestown settlers and the native peoples change?

How did Powhatan contribute to the survival of the settlers?


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)

Captain John Smith initiated trading relationships with the native peoples.

The native peoples traded mainly food with the English in exchange for tools, pots, and copper for jewelry.

The native peoples contributed to the survival of the Jamestown settlers in several ways.

  • Powhatan, chief of many tribes, provided leadership to his people and taught the settlers survival skills.
  • Pocahontas, daughter of Powhatan, served as a contact between the native peoples and the English.
  • The native peoples showed the settlers how to plant corn and tobacco.

Over time, the native peoples realized the English settlement would continue to grow. They came to see the settlers as invaders who would take over their land.


Updated: Apr 29, 2016