Go back in time to Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in America. This toob includes a sailor with a navigational device, a female gardener, a blacksmith, a settler workman, a female settler cooking, and john smith, as well as a chicken, pig, and a cannon. History: While Jamestown is now celebrated as an important location for the development of the early American colonies, it was not without its trials. From 1609 to 1610, james struggled through a crippling lack of food known as the starving time which diminished the population by nearly 60%. However, the settlers were resilient, and over time Jamestown developed into one of the premier bastions of English civilization in America. Characteristics: as romantic as it sounds, living in the early days of America was a lot of hard, demanding work.