Virginia Colony

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The Development of the Virginia Colony Under the influence of the “London Company”, the English settlers arrived in Virginia in 1607 with the intent of finding gold and wealth, but eventually ended up establishing the first English permanent settlement in the “New World”. The increasing number of deaths due to disease, and the unavailability of supplies which led to starvation during the cold season, compelled the settlers to abandon the search of gold. This prompted the settlers to provide for their sustenance in terms of growing produce and trading with the Native Indians for food in order to sustain the Virginia Colony. During the establishment of the Virginia Colony the English and the Indians encountered many interactions which brought advantages to both sides. Though there were some challenges along the way, interaction between both cultures made trade viable and led to tobacco discovery which helped the Virginia Colony gain success. Culture clash and misunderstandings between the English and the Indians were foreseen. The Indians did not hold any real religion instead strictly believed in their land and natural resources as their spiritual guidance. The English found this concept bizarre as they believed that human beings were a special creation and were separate from nature. They viewed the Indians as uncivilized and evil worshippers, living in a “state of nature”. The Indians’ previous experience with the English enabled them to view the English as incompetent and weak. They knew the new-comers were not accustomed to the agricultural life and would be straining the Indians for food, yet the Indians welcomed them on their land and saw the English as potential establishment of trade of goods that they could not produce, and also a way to achieve advancement to their skills. During the first year the English faced drastic drop in their population…...

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