The attempted assassination of John Smith
John Smith was trying to hold Jamestown together as hostile Powhatan refused to trade, food shortages threatened the colony, and the colonists themselves fell into disarray. It was then that made his most famous proclamation, “He that will not work, shall not eate,” but was ultimately forced to send colonists out to live off the land.
Tensions reached a breaking point when seven ships arrived in Virginia with dozens of people, but no food or supplies. In addition, infighting leaders Martin, Ratcliffe and Archer had returned, along with new governmental instructions.
There was, however, no one to implement them. John Smith may have been the only person who could hold Jamestown together, but he became the first casualty of its collapse.