Why were food supplies so low for Jamestown in the winter of 1609–1610?  a.The food supplies became rancid and inedible through poor storage. b.The local natives stole their food supplies. c.The settlers’ livestock died earlier in the year from disease. d.Men were searching for gold instead of food.

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Of these answers, the best is D.  The greatest cause of the problems that the Jamestown colony had with food come from the choices that the settlers themselves made.  

The Jamestown settlers were largely uninterested in becoming farmers.  They were, instead, gentlemen.  They got most of their food by buying it or simply taking it from the Native Americans.  Even by the winter of 1609 - 1610 (the settlement was first founded in May of 1607) there was still no real agriculture going on.  The men of the colony simply did not intend to farm.  This choice on their part was the main cause of low food supplies.

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