was the first English settlement in North America. 100 colonists settled along
the James River, Virginia, in May 1607. Their existence was at the mercy of famine,
disease and attacks from the local Indian population.
Smith, 27, was a colorful figure who had won popularity thanks to his organizational
abilities and his successful dealings with the local native population.
election as president didn't have an immediately good effect on the population,
however, and a fire soon destroyed much of the town.
story: In December 1607 Smith and two others were detained by Powhatan warriors,
part of a 30 tribe strong group headed by Chief Wahunsonacock (or Chief Powhatan
to the English). Smith survived the ordeal due, it seems, to the actions of 13
year old Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan's daughter.
Pocahontas made regular trips to Jamestown with gifts of food to the settlers.
She became acquainted with English ways.
In 1609 Smith returned to England following an injury.
1614, Pocahontas married English painter John Rolfe in Jamestown.