Lead: Once the settlers of Jamestown owned their own land, Virginia could feed itself, but the colony was still in need of a cash crop. It had been there all along.

                Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts

                Content: After the equivalent of millions of dollars invested and the loss of hundreds of settlers, after 1616, the Virginia Company finally and gave the colonists their own land. Fifty acres was apportioned to each colonist. This led to increased migration. The “head-right” system gave land to each person paying their way to the colony. Slowly, fitfully, the colony began to feed itself. The key to Virginia’s ultimate success had been there all along.

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