Indian labor became a supply. This eventually failed and Jamestown was finally convinced to grow food for themselves, after believing that the Indian workers were lazy and negligent. When really, they were worked until extreme exhaustion. The citizens were so dependent on things, that they usually starved. Even when they started working they misbehaved.
The result was deaths most likely caused by lack of food. Another cause of many deaths would be fights that erupted because of fights with the Powhatan Indians, the main group of native people in which they traded with. With both parties relying on each other for food, a lack there of may have caused many people to be killed by Indians who needed food because of the drought which also affected their ability to grow things. [Doc.C] Shows in a group of one-hundred and ten colonists, a vast majority of them were gentlemen. Gentlemen were wealthy men not used to working with their hands.
He found a valley and a camp of Nez Perce Indians who gave him food. His stomach revolted due to the previous lack of food and he fell ill. September 22, 1805 – We arrived at the Nez Perce villages and all fell ill from the food we ate. Our stomachs cannot adjust well thanks to living on such a meager diet for so long. September 26, 1805 – We began canoe making. We have used up a lot of our goods for barter on trading with the natives for food.
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. Within a couple of years they also faced drought which many people died because of starvation. The colony went to desperate measures by forcing the Indians to trade their grain, the Indians didn’t give up easy though as it says in the document ‘some harshe (harsh) and cruwell (cruel ) dealinge (dealings)by cutting of towe (two) of the salvages (Indians) heads and other extremities.” Another reason why the colonist died in the colony of early Jamestown was because of the skills they had. When the first ship arrived in Jamestown they brought over a total of 110 males in 1607. 47 of the men were gentlemen, back then, a gentlemen was a person of wealth who was not used to working with his hands.
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.
Bartering had been common in medieval times which show how people resorted to previous looked down upon activities. Pensioners on fixed incomes suffered as pensions became worthless. Restaurants did not print menus as by the time food arrives…the price had gone up! The poor became even poorer and the winter of 1923 meant that many lived in freezing conditions burning furniture, or in some cases, banknotes, to get some heat. The group that suffered a great deal - proportional to their income - was the middle class.
Adversity such as starvation, disease, and conflicts with the Indians awaited them. When the colonists first arrived, their food supply ran out, and they believed that the Indians would help them. However, they did not because they were they were angered by the actions of Francis West’s actions while he was trying to trade corn with the Patawomeke Indians. (Document D) The colonists soon realized that they would need to grow their own crops in order to endure; however, they were soon faced with what the settlers called “starving time.” During the winter of 1609 through 1610, Jamestown was faced with a drought. (Document B) Without water, the crops were unable to grow which led to hunger, starvation, and death.
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
The storms and floods had taken all the good soil in the 1930s. People survived off of beans, rice, corn, and milk. Many slaughtered the cattle for meat because there was no market. All around the world people were living in horrible living conditions and there were not many jobs for those in need. Over 25% of people were unemployed and houses were being foreclosed
SS Officers only gave the prisoners one ration of bread and soup a day. If you were not killed by a Nazi, you most likely died of starvation and dehydration. Many deaths were forced, many had a slow, grievous death, many deaths could have been prevented. "Over there. Do you see that chimney over there?...Over there will be your grave...You will be burned!