Social Studies 5: Jamestown
Those settlers in Jamestown really should have settled down with all that land-stealing. Tobacco's bad for you anyway.
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All those things sound great. But forget about them.
The real settlers? All they craved was American tobacco. [Settler man coughs and woman appears]
Seriously. Nicotine is one heck of a drug. As more and more settlers came from England
to Jamestown in Virginia, the new communities demanded more tobacco. And in order to grow [Settlers protesting for more tobacco]
more tobacco, the colony needed more land.
And what do you do when you're a European settler living in America and you need more
land? You take it, obviously! It’s the American way. [Settlers holding guns and man runs away]
…And no, that doesn't mean it was the right way. Don't try to move into your neighbor's
home tonight, just 'cause they have a pool. As you can imagine, the people having their [Boy in a swimming pool]
land stolen from them weren’t too happy about it. This led to a bunch of conflicts
between the Virginia Colony and local Native Americans, it was called the Anglo-Powhatan
And what did that lead to? Besides, you know, death and destruction and all those terrible
side effects of war?
Well, the Native American tribes in the area were pushed away, and the settlers built a [Native American man walks away]
six-mile-long fence made of tree trunks called a palisade to protect Jamestown
and other nearby settlements.
…not quite the “white picket” fence we associate with the American dream. [Man cooking barbecue in garden]
Anyway, though thousands of people migrated to the Virginia Colony before it turned 30,
even they weren't enough to do all the work needed to grow the tobacco.
Though maybe they wouldn’t have needed so many people to grow tobacco if some of them
would just quit smoking… Just a thought.
So instead of growing the tobacco themselves, the Europeans came up with the idea of bringing [European sailing a ship]
over slaves from Africa to do the work for them, because apparently that’s easier than
chewing some gum, or quitting cold turkey, or something.
In fact, the Europeans wanted tobacco so badly that they would actually give land in the [A sign for free land nailed down]
Americas away to rich Europeans, so long as they paid for servants or slaves to come along
That's right – tobacco was as valuable to them as that land that they worked so hard
If you’re thinking “these guys sound kind of like jerks and their behavior doesn’t
make any sense at all…” you’re right.
And now you know why your parents don’t want you to bother them before they’ve had [Boy and Father sit down for breakfast]
their morning coffee.
Because caffeine can be an addiction, too, guys. Now where'd we put our fourth cup of