This Week In History

May 15, 2017

On May 14, 1607, over one hundred English colonists landed in Jamestown, Virginia. The captains of the ships observed of their passengers, "Only 12 are laborers, ten or 12 are mechanics, while 48 are gentlemen, and there are no women." Carving out a living in the wilderness required hard manual labor. These English gentleman and their man servants did not know how to work. Apparently they were not willing to learn either. By the following year, 80% of the landing party were dead.