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
are the Captain of the Jamestown Colony:
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!
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,
- 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?
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
luck and Godspeed!