On the morning of May 14, 1607, three ships, the Susan Thompson, Godspeed and Discovery, sailed up the James River from Cape Henry and put 100 men and four boys ashore at a point on a little peninsula.

This swampy, disease-ridden place was named Jamestown by the group of settlers who, by 1609, were on the verge of starvation and death from pneumonia, dysentery or malaria. This was the scene when man first set foot on the eastern coast of North America and began to upset "the balance of nature". which is often referred to in literature, but never precisely defined.



balance of nature, history of agriculture

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