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Teacher Gazette
Volume
13

Issue
No.4

 Early Trades at Jamestown
 
Teaching Strategy

The goal of the Virginia Company was to turn North America's natural resources into products that could be exported to England. Early attempts at establishing industry included silk making, glassblowing, wine making, and iron and salt production. Ultimately, what proved most successful in Virginia was tobacco and the fur trade. In this lesson, students examine images related to early manufacturing in Jamestown, looking for the connections among the objects and their relation to the settlement. More

 
Primary Source
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation 

While these pipes were English made, the settlers at Jamestown made many similar-shaped pipes. After many failed attempts at a variety of industries, tobacco became the Virginia colony's most profitable product. By 1675, Virginia was exporting more than ten million pounds of tobacco to England annually. The tobacco pipe was a personal possession and trade good. More

For more information 

"And moreover, we do GRANT and agree... that that the said several Councils of and for the said several Colonies, shall and lawfully may, by Virtue hereof, from time to time... dig, mine, and search for all Manner of Mines of Gold, Silver, and Copper, as well within any Part of their said several Colonies, as of the said main Lands on the Backside of the same Colonies; ... YIELDING therefore to Us, our Heirs and Successors, the fifth Part only of all the same Gold and Silver, and the fifteenth Part of all the same Copper..."

The First Charter of Virginia; April 10, 1606 

in The Avalon Project, Yale Law School, Lillian Goldman Law Library

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