The London Company sent 104 men to VA in 1607 to found a colony. Most of the men went to look for gold and to establish a foothold America. The problem was it was established on swampy land, the water was poor, and sickness killed over half of the 104 within 6 months. There was even a Spanish spy. John Smith comes in a second ship to try to manage the dying colony, but an murder attempt is made on him and he has to return to London with burns on his legs.