Bob Dunn
Falls Church, Virginia

In 1606, some 105 adventurers set off from England to try and establish the first permanent English colony in the New World. They settled in what is now the state of Virginia and called their colony first James Fort, and then James Towne, in honor of James I, the King of England. The early years of the colony were nearly a total disaster. Almost half of the settlers died due to poor choices in settlement location, management of resources, and quarrels with the indigenous Powhatan Indians.

You are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony:
Can you do any better than the real colonists? You will have a copy of the London Company's Instructions to help guide you. Also, you can ask your fellow colonists and the Native Americans for advice. Be careful, though, because some advice is better than others!

Scoring Factors:
After you make all your decisions, you will receive a report on the state of your colony based on these factors:

  • Food: How well can you provide it for your colonists?
  • Health: Can you keep your colonists from dying due to disease, starvation, and attacks?
  • Wealth: Can you make yourself and your sponsors at the London Company rich from the discovery of gold and silver?
  • Morale: Can you keep yourself in power by keeping everyone happy?

Make History:
You will get to compare your colony to the historical Jamestown at the end. By examining the "Now we know..." section, you can learn from the mistakes of history so you do not repeat them when you play again.

Good luck and Godspeed!

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Flash Programmer
  Bob Dunn
Graphic Designer
  Don St. Mars
Historical Paintings
  Sidney E. King, Courtesy National Park Service, Colonial National Historical Park
Historical Consultants
  Karen Rehm and Diane Stallings,
National Park Service,
Colonial National Historic Park
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  UPDATE September 2006:
  • Game is now compatible with Flash plugin version 7 or higher
  • Printable results— compare outcomes with other students in your classroom!
  © 2002 Bob Dunn