The Great Depression of 1930 took on many different faces. To many Americans, it proved to be an intense time of uncertainty, which reeked emotional and physical havoc in many lives. The unbearable circumstances these families faced were like none other in our nation’s history. Desperation, fear and, even death, became an ever present trouble in many American lives. Millions of people lost their jobs during these tragic times, and left their homes in pursuit of securing work, but most fell short.
The first couple of years were not easy for the settlers. The question is Why did so many colonist die? To start off with, one of the problems they faced was environmental problems. Many of Jamestown’s colonist died because of brackish water which was some salty water due to the mixture of fresh and salt water, because of the tides that would happen twice daily. Also, they would dump their human waste into the water and make it even more contaminated so when the people of Jamestown would drink or use the water it would make them ill and even to the point that they died.
As the Indians were forced to leave the land white people just came over and took part of the land that belong to the reservation and there was nothing the Indians could do about it. The discovery of gold made matters even worst as Americans came across the land looking for fortune in large numbers and in the process destroyed the land and the ecosystem. Their vast numbers drove away the bison herds and forced them to change their emigration patterns, which made it a lot more difficult for the Indians to sustain themselves. In addition to being forced to move to small reservations they were put on rationed food and supplies from the U.S government and to change their culture all against their will. The reservations were not set on the best land; those were given to white Americans.
Along with these new crops and animals, Christopher Columbus brought diseases with him that the natives were not immune to. This resulted in many dying from these illnesses. The Natives, which had been an isolated population for centuries lacked immunity to the sicknesses and subsequently suffered the consequences of Columbus’ visit. Fevers, smallpox, and measles were proved to be deadly and wiped out tribes at a time. In return, the Europeans fell to the New World disease of syphilis.
Insurance companies were pounded after the storm with many insurance claims due to all the flooding and wind damage. A lot of policies would not cover the flooding that was caused by storm surge. This left a lot of people with no money to fix their homes and an insurance policy that is useless. Not only were the people homeless, but also lost all of their clothes, beds, and valuables. Many of the valuables and memories could not be replaced.
Another primary reason of Rome’s decline was a series of foreign invasions. As Rome’s army weakened, foreigners began taking over parts of Rome. Many people hated Rome for taking all their land and property because Rome had conquered many provinces over the years of its prosperity. Land was important, and the Romans had a lot of it, so foreigners wanted to conquer Rome. The Visigoths were the first to reach there.
There were a lot a deaths and diseases that spread among the neighboring Indian tribes that sent a lot of them to an early grave including Captain Gosnold the Projector of the Enterprise. Planter John Rolfe and Captain John Smith mapped the area and intimidated Indians getting food that kept settlers from starving. This ended the mad scramble for gold as well as forced the men to build defenses and plant Indian corn. The economy of the Virginia Colony depended on farming as the main source of money. Due to the climate the colony wasn’t able to produce other crops necessary for survival.
As the new settlers struggled to make a life in their new settlement, Jamestown, they experienced many problems. Lack of fresh water, many diseases, and a very harsh winter made life difficult for the new citizens of Jamestown. The Algonquian Indians were upset by the intruders to their land. They often stole supplies and gunpowder from the people of Jamestown. It wasn’t long before John Smith was captured by the Algonquians.
Many of their men were starving and could no longer withstand the cold winter weather. A lot of their men had died because they were too weak for the long journey ahead of them. In the General History of Virginia, John Smith recalls that “Scarce ten among them could neither go or well stand such extreme weakness and sickness oppressed them“. Once John and William arrived to their destinations, they searched all over land to set up camp and look for clues of previous life. They and their men slowly recovered back to health by living off of corn and beans, but the December weather
Unemployed parents could not pay for food or water, nor could they pay for clothing and shelter, and as a result, innocent children suffered. Incapable of providing for their families, many fathers became frustrated, and simply abandoned them, leaving them to fend for themselves. Other times, young children were left homeless, having no one to care for them. During the height of the Great Depression, at least 200000 young people and 25000 families roamed the country, in search of food. These alarming statistics show just how greatly the Depression did actually impact