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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Captain John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles ()

A Publication of Virginia Humanitites. The mine is a great rocky mountain like antimony, wherein they digged a great hole with shell and hatchets. But he was not long absent but his men went ashore, whose want of government gave both occasion and opportunity to the savages to surprise one George Cassen, hstorie they slew, and much failed not to have cut off the boat and all the rest.

The President and Captain Archer not long after intended also to have abandoned the country, which project also was curbed and suppressed by Smith. In Junethe London Company was granted a charter for a section of the continent south of that given to the Plymouth Company.

Each hour expecting the fury of the savages, when God, the patron of all good endeavors, in that desperate extremity so changed the hearts of the savages, that they brought such plenty of their fruits and provisions that no man wanted. Neither better fish, more plenty, nor more variety for small fish had any of us ever seen in any place so swimming in the water, but they are not to be caught with frying pans.

Neither was it a small policy in Newport and the mariners to report in England we ha such plenty and bring us so many men without victuals when they had so many private factors in the fort that within six or seven weeks [out] of two or three hundred axes, chisels, hoes, and pickaxes scarce twenty could be found. Six weekes being spent in this manner, Captaine Newport who was hired onely for.

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And hard by it runneth a fair brook of crystal-like water where they wash away the dross and keep the remainder, which they put in little bags and sell it all over the country to paint their bodies, faces, or idols, which makes them look like blackamoors dusted over with silver.

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 jon that are scarce able to get wherewith to live and defend ourselves against the inconstant savages; finding smlth here and there a tree fit for the purpose, and want all things else the Russians have.

With divers others to the number of There we left some pieces of copper, beads, bells, and looking glasses, and then went into the Bay; but when it virinia dark we came back again.


All this time our old tavern made as much of all them that had either money or ware as could be desired. The rest fled again to the woods and ere long sent one of the Quiyoughkasoucks to offer peace and redeem their Okee. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Names of them that were the first Planters, were these following.

To perform all this they alleged only the want of a canoe. M r George Percie Anthony Gosnoll.

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The new President and Martin, being little beloved, of weak judgment in dangers and less industry in peace, committed the managing of all things abroad to Captain Smith; who by his own example, good words, and fair promises set some to mow, others to bind thatch, some to build houses, others to thatch them, himself always bearing the greatest task for his own share, so that in short time he provided most of them lodgings, neglecting any for himself.

Thus we took more in one hour than we could eat in a day. Smith told them if only vjrginia of them would come unarmed and load his boat, he would not only be their friend, but restore them their Okee, and give them beads, copper, and hatchets besides: As for the two ships’ loading of corn Newport promised to provide us from Powhatan, he brought us but four teen bushels, and from the Monacans sjith, but the most of the men sick and near famished.

Genegall for pike-heads, shot, powder, or anything they could steal from their fellows [that] was vendible, they knew as well and as secretly how to convey them to trade with jon savages for furs, baskets, mussanecks, young beasts, benerall such like commodities, as exchange them with the sailors for butter, cheese, beef, pork, aqua vitae, beer, biscuit, oatmeal, and oil; and then feign all was sent them from their friends.

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

Matters of moment were to be examined by a Iury, but determined by the maior part of the Councell, in which the President had two voyces. They cried to us to do no more; all should be as we would, which presently they performed. 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.

This time they were become so perfect on all sides I mean the soldiers, sailors, and savages as there was ten times more car to maintain their damnable and private trade than to provide for the colony things that were necessary. 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.

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 virginiia yet so good were their stomachs that they could digest it they did with continual complaints so importune him now to histprie as caused him bespeake them in this manner: All these things were carried so pleasantly as within a week they became masters making it their delight to hear the trees thunder as they fell.


Then smitg were conducted by two savages up a little bayed creek towards Onawmanient [Nomini Bay], where all the woods were laid with ambuscados to the number of three or four thousand [more likely hundred] savages, so strangely painted, grimed and disguised, shouting, yelling, and crying as so many spirits from hell could not have showed more terrible.

Soon, the term Virginia came to refer only to that part of North America covered by the London Company’s original charters. In their absence Hishorie followed the new begun works of pitch and tar, glass, soap-ashes, and clapboard; whereof some small quantities we vieginia sent you. When you send again I entreat you rather send but thirty carpenters, husbandmen, gardeners, fishermen, blacksmiths, masons, and diggers up of trees, roots, well provided, than a thousand of such as we have.

And for the quartered boat to be borne by the soldiers over the falls: Abram Ransack, a refiner. With so much as we could carry we returned to our boat, kindly requiting this kind gemerall and all his kind people. 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.

Richard Belfield, a Goldsmith. In our return, inquiring still for this matchqueon [as the Indians called this spangled pin-dust], the king of Potomac gave us guides to conduct uohn up a little river called Quiyough [Aquia Creek], up which we rowed so high as we could. Digging the ground above in the highest cliffs of rocks, we saw it was a clay sand so mingled with yellow spangles as if it had been half pin-dust.

Originally, two English joint-stock companies had been created to settle North America, then known as the Colony of Virginia. They in the canoes let fly also as fast, but amongst them we bestowed so many shot [that] the most of them leaped over board and swam ashore; but two or three escaped by rowing. Into our boat voluntarily he came; the rest ran after us by the shore with all the show of love that could be. But the torment was instantly so extreme that in four hours had so swollen his hand, arm, and shoulder we all with much sorrow concluded [anticipated] his funeral and prepared his grave in an island by, as himself directed.

But God the guider of all good actions, forcing them by an extreame storme to hull all night, did driue them by his providence to their desired Port, beyond all their expectations, for never any of them had seene that coast.