SuccessfulJamestown Colony Plan
TheJamestown colony in North America was an expedition started by anEngland private company called Virginia Company. They had obtained acharter from the then king of England, King James 1, to establish asettlement and acquire colonies there (Pederson,13).The expedition was marred by rough start right from the time theyanchored on the shores of river James. They were attacked by diseasesand famine which almost wiped the entire 104 crew (Pederson,18).Most of the crew in the first, second and the third supply lost theirlives to starvation, diseases and or attacks by the native Indiancommunity (Pederson,29).There was no clear coordination between the visiting crew and thusthe failure to establishing a successful colony. The greed factor wasalso evident with the investors demanding more than the input theyhad placed in place instead of waiting for the colony to establishand stabilize.
However,this expedition could have had a smooth and prosperous start hadthere been proper prior planning right from the start. Captain JohnSmith should have first sent a team of explorers to not onlyestablish the best site to settle his settlers but to also evaluatethe necessities he needed to carry during his trip. Upon discoveringthe necessities essential for the trip, he ought to have taken withhim a crew of diplomats to establish positive rapport with thenatives on the ground. This was to facilitate a safe landing for thefuture arrivals of settlers and create strong working relations withaboriginals(Probasco, 39).Closely behind should have been a crew of strong men who hadexperience in doing hard labor, especially in plantations, to worktowards sustainable food surplus in their foreign land.
Sinceit was in a foreign land, he also ought to have included a number ofmedics in his team with enough medical supplies. This is tofacilitate the safety of the crew on board and upon arrival. Apartfrom the medical supplies, they ought to have carries enough seed toplant. This is considering that since right from the start, they hadsuch intentions of owning land in Jamestown. Upon arrival andestablishment, the colony needed to establish a system of governancein consideration of the native community who were the majority. Theyshould have, establishing an all inclusive direct democracy with theEuropeans taking the top positions and leaving the local positions tothe natives.
Withthe local leaders reporting to the senior Europeans leaders, theformer would never have felt alienated, especially since they alreadyhad a strong government. This could have facilitated a workablerelationship with native Indians, without the latter feelingalienated in their own land thus the catastrophic retaliation(Probasco,29). The next move would be to merge with the local leaders to establishthe capital of their government at a strategic central place. Thiswould ensure smooth monitoring and access to all part of their colonyas well as planning for future expansion and development of theircapital and colony.
Slowlyand with time, they could have come up with legislations that wouldfacilitate smooth colonization without much rebellion beforeestablishment as was their case. Had they been tactful in handlingthe native Indians, their small number compared to the larger nativepopulation could have played out well.
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