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Jamestown: Three Cultures, One Land

from Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

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This dynamic program will carry students on an inquiry-based exploration of the three cultures that converged at Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in North America. Using reproduction artifacts and primary sources, students will compare and contrast the cultures of the Powhatan (an Eastern Woodlands Tribe), West African, and English who lived in Early America during the beginning of the 17th century. Using this knowledge, students will examine the interrelations between the three groups and discover how the legacies of each culture live on in 21st century America.

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45- 60 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History

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Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Williamsburg , VA
United States

The Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation shall foster through its living-history museums – Jamestown Settlement and the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown – an awareness and understanding of the early history, settlement, and development of the United States through the convergence of American Indian, European, and African cultures and the enduring legacies bequeathed to the nation.

Jessica Pedrick

Program Details


1. The program will begin with an introduction to Jamestown and a discussion of the definition of culture.
2. Students will analyze artifacts and primary sources in order to compare and contrast Powhatan, English, and West African cultures in the 17th century.
3, Students will learn about the interactions of the three cultures at Jamestown during the first half of the 1600s.
4. Participants will compare and contrast these three historic cultures to modern society and examine their lasting legacies in the United States today.
5. The program will conclude with a question and answer session.


- Be able to identify three similarities and/or differences between the primary cultures that converged at Jamestown.
- Understand the primary influences the three cultures had on each other through trade, warfare, and slavery.
- Recognize how a century of interaction changed the three cultures.
- Be able to identify the lasting legacies of the three cultures on his or her culture in the United
States in the 21st century.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.1 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.3 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.4 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.5 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.7 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.4.RI.9 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.3 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.4 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.5.RI.7 -- Reading: Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.1 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.2 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.4 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6-8.RH.9 -- Reading Literacy in History/Social Studies: Reading Informational Text
ELA-LITERACY -- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.6.RI.4 -- Reading: Informational TextNSS-G.K-12.1 The World in Spatial Terms
-Understand how to use maps and other geographic representations, tools, and technologies to acquire, process, and report information from a spatial perspective
-Understand how to analyze the spatial organization of people, places, and environments on Earth’s surface
NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions
-Understand the physical and human characteristics of places
-Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth’s complexity
-Understand how culture and experience influence people’s perceptions of places and regions
NSS-G.K-12.4 Human Systems
-Understand the characteristics, distribution, and migration of human populations on Earth’s surface.
-Understand the characteristics, distribution, and complexity of Earth’s cultural mosaics.
-Understand the patterns and networks of economic interdependence on Earth’s surface.
-Understand the processes, patterns, and functions of human settlement.
-Understand how the forces of cooperation and conflict among people influence the division and control of Earth’s surface.
NSS-G.K-12.6 The Uses of Geography
-Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.
NSS-EC.K-4.1 Scarcity
-Goods are objects that can satisfy people’s wants; services are actions that can satisfy people’s wants.
-People’s choices about what goods and services to buy and consume determine how resources will be used.
-Productive resources are the natural resources, human resources, and capital goods available to make goods and services. Natural resources, such as land, are “gifts of nature;” they are present without human intervention. Human resources are the quantity and quality of human effort directed toward producing goods and services.

NSS-EC.K-4.5 Gain from Trade
-Exchange is trading goods and services with people for other goods and services or for money.
-The oldest form of exchange is barter the direct trading of goods and services between people.
-People voluntarily exchange goods and services because they expect to be better off after the exchange.
NSS-EC.5-8.1 Scarcity
-Scarcity is the condition of not being able to have all of the goods and services that one wants. It exists because human wants for goods and services exceed the quantity of goods and services that can be produced using all available resources.
-The choices people make have both present and future consequences.
-The evaluation of choices and opportunity costs is subjective; such evaluations differ across individuals and societies.

NSS-USH.5-12.1 Era 1: Three Worlds Meet (Beginnings to 1620)
-Understands comparative characteristics of societies in the Americas, Western Europe, and Western Africa that increasingly interacted after 1450.
-Understands how early European exploration and colonization resulted in cultural and ecological interactions among previously unconnected peoples.
NSS-USH.5-12.2 Era 2: Colonization and Settlement (1585-1763)
-Understands why the Americas attracted Europeans, why they brought enslaved Africans to their colonies, and how Europeans struggled for control of North America and the Caribbean.
-Understands how political, religious, and social institutions emerged in the English colonies.
-Understands how the values and institutions of European economic life took root in the colonies, and how slavery reshaped European and African life in the Americas.

NSS-WH.5-12.6 Era 6: The Emergence of the First Global Age, 1450-1770
-Understands how the transoceanic interlinking of all major regions of the world from 1450 to 1600 led to global transformations.
-Understands the economic, political, and cultural interrelations among peoples of Africa, Europe, and the Americas, 1500-1750.