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VS.3b

Describing how geography influenced the decision to settle at Jamestown.


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SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

  • Tell students that when the settlers arrived in 1607, Jamestown was located on a narrow peninsula bordered on three sides by the James River. Today Jamestown is located on an island in the James River.

  • Provide maps of early Virginia with maps of current Virginia and have students compare the landscape and water features.

  • Ask students to brainstorm reasons why they think the location of Jamestown was selected. Write their responses on a chart, and then tell them the reasons for the site choice.

  • Have students draw pictures illustrating the three reasons for the Jamestown site choices. The reasons for the site choice were: 1) the location could be easily defended from attack by sea (Spanish); 2) the water along the shore was deep enough for ships to dock; and 3) they believed they had a good supply of fresh water.

  • Have students share their illustrations of each reason for the Jamestown site choice. Refer to an early map of Virginia to show the water features.

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