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Jamestown: Challenge for Survival

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The early years in Virginia's first colony were fraught with starvation and illness. Many of the Jamestown colonists were not "survivors". Most were gentlemen searching for gold and riches and had no experience living in the wilderness. America was a challenge: the forest primeval had never been cut, there was no available farmland, few had experience at fishing or hunting and gathering. Our story about tells about the ultimate in desperation.

King James I

National Portrait Gallery

Written in Bone: The First Colonists

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Ship Model, Susan Constant

National Museum of American History

Written in Bone: A Highly Unusual Case

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: A Highly Unusual Case

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: A Highly Unusual Case

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Difficult Lives

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Difficult Lives

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Difficult Lives

Smithsonian Institution Archives

John Smith

National Portrait Gallery

Pocahontas, (sculpture)

Art Inventories Catalog, Smithsonian American Art Museums

Written in Bone: The First Colonists

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: The First Colonists

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Discovering Jane

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Discovering Jane

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Discovering Jane

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Discovering Jane

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Living and Dying in America

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Difficult Lives

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Written in Bone: Discovering Jane

Smithsonian Institution Archives

Remains of Jamestown Colony, Virginia

Smithsonian American Art Museum