Describing how geography influenced the decision to settle at Jamestown.
SUGGESTED INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES
TEACHER BACKGROUND RESOURCES
- 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.