how did the colonists of jamestown meet the goal of its founders?

Jamestown was founded in hopes of earning a profit. Even though its colonists suffered many hardships such as famine, cannibalism, disease, and harsh weather conditions, they eventually found a profitable crop that was grown easily in Virginia - tobacco.

Natives taught the colonists how to grow tobacco which was an extremely profitable crop because it was not hard to grown VA had a good climate for it and the people of England liked the way it tasted.

Tobacco was colonial Virginia's most successful cash crop. The tobacco that the first English settlers encountered in Virginia—the Virginia Indians' Nicotiana rustica—tasted dark and bitter to the English palate.

It was John Rolfe who in 1612 obtained Spanish seeds, or Nicotiana tabacum, from the Orinoco River valley—seeds that, when planted in the relatively rich bottomland of the James River, produced a milder, yet still dark leaf that soon became the European standard.

Over the next 160 years, tobacco production spread from the Tidewater area to the Blue Ridge Mountains, especially dominating the agriculture of the Chesapeake region.

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