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In Podcast #9 the Virginia Trekkers take you to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America.  Explore a Powhatan Indian village, and see how they used to live before the Europeans arrived.  Take a tour of the Susan Constant, and find out how difficult it was to journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 1607.  Travel through the Jamestown fort with us as we explore the church, the storage areas, and a settler’s home.  We’ll also try on some armor and watch how they fired their muskets. Come on!  Let’s go trekkin’!

The Jamestown settlers were a hard-working bunch of guys.  In just 19 days in the summer of 1607 they chopped down over 600 trees weighing between 400 and 800 pounds each to build the walls of the Jamestown fort.   In 2004 a movie production crew built a replica of the Jamestown fort using chain saws and power tools and it took them about the same amount of time!  The women and babies were very hardy too.  During the Starving Time of 1609-1610, when the settlers were so hungry they were eating their horses, dogs, cats, rats, and even their own shoes, one of the first women to arrive, Anne Burras, gave birth to a daughter and named her Virginia.  Both of them survived that terrible time!

Facts and photo from Time Magazine

SOL Correlation:

3.3 The student will study the exploration of the Americas by

  1. a)describing the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de León, Jacques Cartier, and Christopher Newport;

  2. b)identifying reasons for exploring, the information gained, and the results from the travels.


3.5 The student will develop map skills by

  1. d)locating the regions in the Americas explored by Christopher Columbus (San Salvador in the Bahamas), Juan Ponce de León (near St.Augustine, Florida), Jacques Cartier (near Quebec, Canada), and Christopher Newport (Jamestown, Virginia);


VS.2 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the geography and early inhabitants of Virginia by

  1. c)locating and identifying water features important to the early history of Virginia (Atlantic Ocean, Chesapeake Bay, James River, York River, Potomac River, and Rappanhannock River);

  2. d)locating three American Indian (First American) language groups (the Algonquian, the Siouan, and the Iroquoian) on a map of Virginia;

  3. e)describing how American Indians (First Americans) adapted to the climate and their environment to secure food, clothing, and shelter.


VS.3 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the first permanent English settlement in America by

  1. a)explaining the reasons for English colonization;

b) describing how geography influenced the decision to settle at Jamestown;

  1. c)identifying the importance of the charters of the Virginia Company of London in establishing the Jamestown settlement;

  2. d)identifying the importance of the Virginia Assembly (1619) as the first representative legislative body in English America;

  3. e)identifying the importance of the arrival of Africans and women to the Jamestown settlement;

  4. f)describing the hardships faced by settlers at Jamestown and the changes that took place to ensure survival;

  5. g) describing the interactions between the English settlers and the Powhatan people, including the contributions of the Powhatans to the survival of the settlers.


VS.4 The student will demonstrate knowledge of life in the Virginia colony by

d) describing how money, barter, and credit were used.

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