An oldie but goodie on Vault-Co.
The reason the early colonists nearly starved to death is that they attempted to run the colony as a communist collective. No sooper seekret magic injuns showed the colonists how to "plant corn." Europe had been continuously innovating in agriculture for centuries before a single colonist set foot in Amerikwa. They were well aware of methods for growing corn beyond the wildest dreams of the indians and their subsistence paleolithic practices. When this fairy tale is supposed to have happened of a fantasy love-in feast between indians and colonists, in reality my ancestors were fighting at Blakemore's fort in Virginia against huge hordes of cannibal savages who didn't have any idea of territorial boundaries - they were simply hungry for some white meat at the end of November. These noble savages who were said to have mystical knowledge of the earth didn't even pause at killing babies and women they were able to catch alone. They had no knowledge of mercy, honor, kindness or friendship, viewing all of these as forms of weakness. Less DANCING WITH WOLVES and more BLACK ROBE.
In the early 1920's, anthropologists tried to blame the indians on Neanderthals as was fashionable back then whenever you needed a stooge to frame for some crime you found in the fossils. DNA sequencing has shown that the North American indians were pure, undiluted Cro-Magnons in their origins, which explains so much. In the Indians you see the Cro-Magnons without a huge army of Neanderthal slaves at their beck and call. That's how far they would progress in technology. Simple hunting and gathering with fighting in-between forever.