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What are three reasons the Jamestown settlement almost failed initially?

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It's important to keep in mind that the early history of colonization entailed a great deal of risk. The Jamestown Colony was no exception to this pattern, and it came very close to failing.

Disease was one factor that caused misery to the colonists. Jamestown was built in swampy terrain infested with mosquitoes. These mosquitoes carried malaria and spread the disease among the colonists.

In addition, the colony had to deal with problems of food shortages. In 1609, after John Smith departed Jamestown, the colony was hit by a famine so severe that it caused cannibalism. This experience came close to destroying the colony.

As a third factor, there was economics. Ultimately, colonies were expected to be profitable, and it was only when they started to grow tobacco that they found a cash crop that they could sell back in Europe. This discovery was a turning point in the history of the colony in that it ensured profitability.

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