Class Notes on Chapter 3 -
Class Notes on Chapter 3 -
The Planting of English America
• Three European powers had outposts on the
North American continent:
– Spanish at Santa Fe (1610)
– French at Quebec (1608)
– English at Jamestown, Virgina (1607)
England’s Sea Victory
• 1588: Philip II of Spain invades England with
• England had faster and more maneuverable
• England’s sea victory against the Spanish
helped ensure England’s naval dominance in
the North Atlantic (Master of the Seas)
• English victory gave strong sense of
England Plants the Jamestown Seedling
• 1606 – Joint-stock company called the
Virginia Company of London provided
the financial means to support a
-Charter stated that the members could
bring Christianity to the natives,
explore for precious metals, trade with
the natives, and to look for the
-Guaranteed the settlers the same rights
• Owners advertised to those seeking
adventure. Three ships sailed-all men.
• Real Reason: Economic gain –
promise of gold and Northwest
passage for trade.
1607 – Jamestown settlement along the
James River. Established in presentday Virginia.
Jamestown Fort, 1609
Jamestown Chapel, 1611
English Migration: 1610-1660
Head Right System
Problems at Jamestown
• Gentlemen: Only 12 were skilled laborers
• Wasted time looking for gold
• Didn’t plant crops which resulted in a food
shortage led to “The Starving Time” –
Winter of 1609-1610. Many died from
• Caught malaria – swampy location
• 2/3rds died
• Only men
• Lack of leadership
Cultural Clash in the Chesapeake
• Poor relationship with local tribes
because Europeans considered Indians to
be heathens who were inferior beings
Native American Population
in North America
Jamestown Saved from Collapse
Solutions of Jamestown:
• Captain John Smith became leader
• “He who shall not work shall not eat.”
• Developed good relationship with Powhatan
as mentioned in his journal entitled The
Generall Historie of Virginia
Captain John Smith
Who is Pocahontas?
The Pocahontas Connection
• Saved Captain John Smith (story might be a
• She was kidnapped, held as ransom in
exchange for English prisoners
• Converted to Christianity, renamed
• While a hostage she Married John Rolfe
• Sailed to England
• Went to the Banqueting Hall where she met
Queen Anne, wife of James I
Pocahontas boards a ship for Virginia
• On her way back to
Virginia she boards
a ship and dies of
• St. George’s Church
Early Colonial Tobacco
1618 — Virginia produces 20,000 pounds of
1622 — Despite losing nearly one-third of
its colonists in an Indian attack,
Virginia produces 60,000 pounds of
1627 — Virginia produces 500,000 pounds
1629 — Virginia produces 1,500,000 pounds
Virginia: Child of Tobacco
• John Rolfe developed a cash crop – tobacco
• Tobacco is marketable within one year. It takes simple
• Promoted the plantation system with its need for laborers.
• 1619 – A Dutch warship landed and sold about 20 Africans
• This planted the seeds of the North American slave system.
• Influx of supplies, slaves, and women from England
• Poor women agreed to be auctioned in marriage for $80 of
tobacco once they arrived at Jamestown = “Tobacco
• Tobacco required
more land so
faster than New
England in the north
Establishment of a Mini Parliament
• 1619: The London Company authorized the settlers to
establish the House of Burgesses. The Virginia House
of Burgesses establishes a form of representative self
government (miniature parliament)
• Colonists could own private property
• 1624: James I revoked the charter making Virginia a
royal colony under his control.
House of Burgesses
Why was 1619 a pivotal
year for the Jamestown
17c Population in the Chesapeake
Population of Chesapeake
Maryland: Catholic Haven
• 1634: Maryland established as the fourth
• 2nd Lord Baltimore = Cecil Calvert (son of
• Proprietary Colony (Had an owner)
• Religious tolerance - Refuge for Catholics
• Maryland Toleration Act of 1649 was the
earliest colonial law related to religious
freedom for all Christians which helped protect
• Planted tobacco as a cash crop.
The West Indies (Carribean): Way
Station to Mainland America
• Barbados set the stage for statutes governing
slaves in North America. The “code” defined
slaves’ legal status and owner’s control.
• Major crop: Sugar cane – First, clearing of
land; then, needed to be planted extensively;
finally, elaborate process to refine.
• Thus a large # of laborers needed.
• Slavery became a cheap labor force which
Settling the Lower South
Port of Charles Town, SC
The only southern port city.
Southern Colonies added…
• Eight nobles (the Lord’s Proprietors) were granted a
colony by Charles II.
• 1670: The Carolinas were formed with Charles
Town as the capital.
• 1712: the Carolinas were separated and became
North and South Carolina.
• Also known as “The Restoration Colonies”
– Colonization was interrupted by the Civil War in England in the
1640’s, therefore, the time period after the war when Charles II
was restored to the throne was called the Restoration Period)
you member from last year.
Colonizing the Carolinas
• Many of these original settlers had come from
Barbados and brought the slave system with
• Indian slave trading also occurred.
• Exported rice, Indian slaves to West Indies
(Carribean) and New England.
• Also exported wine, silk, and olive oil.
Crops of the
Rice & Indigo Exports
from SC & GA: 1698-1775
The Buffer Colony
• James Oglethorpe established in 1733.
• Provided a refuge for people who couldn’t pay
their debt (what they owe).
• Acted as a buffer between Spanish Florida and
the Carolinas (and the French in Louisiana)
• Silk and wine
• The last of the 13 colonies to be established.
James Oglethorpe made friends with
the Creek Indians
League of the Iroquois
Iroquois Lands & European Trade Centers
• Were the only Native Americans who were able
to unite and become strong enough to resist
the English colonists successfully
• Known as the League of the Iroquois or the
• Made up of five Native American nations:
Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, and
Mohawk. (1772 Tuscarora)
• Lived in Longhouses.
• The five nations remained relatively
independent of one another.