Captain John Smith (–) Admiral of New England was an English soldier, sailor, and author. He is remembered for his role in. Smith as Unreliable Narrator in The General History of Virginia While John Smith did many things for the. In chapter 1, book 3 of The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles, published in , Captain John Smith describes.

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But the axes so oft blistered their tender fingers that many times every third blow had a loud oath to drown the echo. Master Scrivener was sent with the barges genetall pinnace to Werowocomoco, where he found the savages more ready to fight than trade.

The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles

That night was the box opened, and the orders read, in which Bartholomew Gosnoll, Iohn Smith, Edward Wingfield, Christopher Newport, Iohn Ratliffe, Iohn Martinand George Kendallwere named to be the Councell, and to choose a President amongst them for a yeare, who with the Councell should governe.

By them we anchored that night and called them Rickard’s Cliffs. And thus we began our first acquaintance. Also two barrels of stones and such as I take to be good iron ore at the least, so divided as by their notes you may see in what places I found them. Being thus refreshed, in crossing over from the main to other isles we discovered, the wind and waters so much increased with thunder, lightning, and rain that our mast and sail blew overboard and such mighty waves overracked us in that small barge that with great labor we kept her from sinking by freeing [bailing] out the water.

So much as we could carry we took, and so departing good friends we returned to Jamestown, where we safely arrived the 7th of September, 16o8. And whether the Bay were endless or how far it extended. His information on Bermuda may have come from the then Governor, Nathaniel Butlerwho probably provided the drawing which was the basis of the engraving printed in the Historie, a map, and illustrations of important sites in that.

In Junethe London Company was granted a charter for a section of the continent south of that given to the Plymouth Company.

Colonial Virginia books British books. The soldiers say many of your officers maintain their families out of that you send us, and that Newport hath a hundred pounds a year for carrying news.

Having finished this discovery though our victual was near spent he intended to see his imprisonment-acquaintances upon the river of Rappahannock, by many called Tappahannock. There we found the last Supply [of new settlers] were all sick, the rest some lame, some bruised-all unable to do anything but complain of the pride and unreasonable needless cruelty of the silly President that had riotously consumed the store and to fulfill his follies about building him an unnecessary building for his pleasure in the woods had brought them all to that misery, that had we not arrived they had as strangely tormented him with revenge.

And though your factors there can buy as much in a week as will fraught you a ship or as much as you please, you must not expect from us any such matter, which are but a many of ignorant, miserable souls that are scarce able to get wherewith to live and defend ourselves against the inconstant savages; finding but here and there a tree fit for the purpose, and want all things else the Russians have.

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The transportation of the company was committed to Captaine Christopher Newporta Marriner well practised for the Westerne parts of America. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Here we desired some of them to come aboard us, whereat pausing a little they told us they would but fetch their bows and arrows and go all with us.

Also the maps and descriptions of all those countryes, their commodities, people, government, customes, and religion yet knowne. Two children being dead, some extreme passions or dreaming visions, fantasies, or affection moved their parents again to revisit their dead carcasses, whose benumbed bodies reflected to the eyes of the beholders such delightful countenances, as though they had regained their vital spirits. Wingfield and Kendall living in disgrace, seeing all things at random in the absence of Smith, the company’s dislike of their President’s weakness, and their small love to Martin’s never mending sickness, strengthened themselves with the sailors and other confederates to regain their former credit and authority, or at least such means aboard the pinnace being fitted to sail as Smith had appointed for trade to alter her course and to go for England.

This done, seeing the savages’ superfluity begin to decrease with some of the workmen shipped himself in the shallop to search the country for trade.

The next day searching them for fresh water we could find none, the defect whereof forced us to follow the next eastern channel, which brought us to the river of Wighcocomoco [Pocomoke].

For what they did, after they were but once a little inured, it seemed, and some conceited it, only as a pleasure and recreation, yet 30 or 40of such voluntary gentlemen would do more in a day than one hundred of the rest that must be pressed to it by compulsion.

And in diverse places that abundance, of fish lying so thick with their heads above the water [that] as for want of nets our barge driving among them we attempted to catch them with a frying pan, but we found it a bad instrument to catch fish with.

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Ashore we went and where they wrought we threw diverse toys and so departed. Away went their bows and arrows and tag and rag came with their baskets.

Sixty or seventy of them, some black, some red, some white, some parti-colored came in a square order, singing and dancing out of the woods, with their Okee which was an idol made of skins, stuffed with moss, all painted and hung with chains and copper borne before them.

To effect this, was spent another yeare, and by that, three ships were provided, one of Tuns, another of It were better to give five hundred pounds a ton -for those gross commodities in Denmark than send for them hither till more necessary things be provided. He told us of a strange accident lately happened him, and it was: They much extolled a great nation called Massawomekes, in search of whom we returned by Limbo.

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Our captain sporting himself by nailing them to the ground with his sword set us all a fishing in that manner.


Into our boat voluntarily he came; the rest ran after us by the shore with all the show of love that could be. John Smith fell out of favour with the directors of the Virginia Company mostly due to his insistence of increasing food supply and reducing colonist numbers.

Two days we were enforced to inhabit these uninhabited isles, which for the extremity of gusts, thunder, rain, storms, and ill weather we called Limbo. Finding their aptness to believe, we failed not as a great secret to tell them anything that might affright them, what spoil we had got and made of the Massawomekes.

Long they shot, we still riding at an anchor without their reach, making all the signs of friendship we could. Finding this eastern shore shallow broken isles, and for most part without fresh water, we passed by the straits of Limbo for the western shore.

Here doth inhabit the people Sarapinagh, Nause, Arseek, and Nantaquake, the best merchants of all other savages. Repairing our sail with our shirts, we set sail for the main and fell with a pretty convenient river on the east called Kuskarawaok [Nanticoke]. What could be thought fitting or necessary we had; but what we should find or want or where we should be we were all ignorant; and supposing to make our passage in two months with victual to live and the advantage of the spring to work, we were at sea five months, where we both spent our victual and lost the opportunity of the time and season to plant by the unskillful presumption of our ignorant transporters that understood not at all what they undertook.

The rest fled again to the woods and ere long sent one of the Quiyoughkasoucks to offer peace and redeem their Okee.

Regain, therefore, your old spirits, for return I will not if God please till I have seen the Massawomekes [and] found Potomac or the head of this water you conceit to be endless.

At your ship’s arrival the savages’ harvest was newly gathered, and we going to buy it, our own not being half sufficient for so great a number. But to burn the isle at night it was concluded. John Lewes, a Cooper. But having lain in this small barge not above twelve or fourteen days, oft tired at the oars, our bread spoiled with wet so much that it was rotten yet so good were their stomachs that they could digest it they did with continual complaints so importune him now to return as caused him bespeake them in this manner: What it was I know not, for you saw no hand of mine to it, nor ever dreamt I of any such matter.

And for him at that time to find in the South Sea a mine of gold or any of them sent by Sir Walter Raleigh: At the mouth of that river we espied six or seven savages making their weirs, who presently fled.