Accused of mutiny, John Smith was the first prisoner held captive on the Susan Constant. He was apparently too outspoken during the settling of Jamestown. According to sources, he was able to communicate with some of the ship's passengers along the voyages to Jamestown. On June 10th, Smith was finally released from the first prison of Virginia aboard the Susan Constant. Released from custody weeks after arrival, Smith helped overturn the leadership of colony president Edward Wingfield (biography.com, 2014).
On the brink of failure, Jamestown had a difficult time dealing with the famine, conflict, and disease among the Native American tribes. After a new group of settlers arrived in 1610, Tobacco became Virginia’s first profitable export, and a period of peace followed the marriage of colonist John Rolfe to Pocahontas, the daughter of an Algonquian chief. (According to John Smith, Pocahontas had rescued him from death in 1607 by her father). King James I dissolved the Virginia Company and made Virginia into an official crown colony, with Jamestown as its capital, in 1624. (History.com, 2010).