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1607: Jamestown and the New World

1607: Jamestown and the New World

Language: English

Pages: 224

ISBN: 074255838X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


1607 vividly tells the story of the founding of Jamestown, recounting the situation of the original Indian inhabitants, the arrival of British settlers 400 years ago, the building of the town-and modern excavations at the site. Along the way, we meet such familiar figures as King James, John Smith, and Pocahontas, but we also come across strange episodes of cannibalism and skullduggery, heroism, and romantic love.

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responsible for raids along the York River. Bacon’s force killed some warriors and took forty-five prisoners; the rest fled in panic into the depths of Dragon Swamp. He then seized everything the Pamunkey owned. Unjust and high-handed government by Berkeley, not just Indian depredations, brought about Bacon’s Rebellion. It ended with Bacon’s natural death in 1676 at the height of his power—but not before he had twice forced Berkeley to flee to the Eastern Shore and had burned Jamestown. In 1677

plantations; in less than half that time, Sandys granted forty-four. To administrate the colony more efficiently, Sandys authorized election of burgesses to form a general assembly that met in July 1619—the first representative assembly in English America. But except for the assembly and the maidens, none of Sandys’s development efforts was novel. For example, a glassworks had been tried before and failed, and the idea of rapidly increasing Virginia’s store of English was as old as the Starving

decided to go home for treatment of his burn. But he never surrendered his now-expired commission, only let it be stolen before he had “taken order to be free from the danger of their malice.” Whatever Smith had decided for himself, his opponents had plans for him too. Percy, who also suffered from a burn and was heading home for treatment, was summoned from his ship to be made president in Smith’s place. West would be returning to England. Ratcliffe, Archer, and Martin delayed Smith’s

has been portrayed as Pocahontas’s being granted a royal audience. Not so. George Braun and Frans Hogenberg’s early seventeenth-century view of London. A masque, or mask, was more or less as it sounds, an entertainment featuring a masked ball in which the rich and aristocratic players performed masked or with their faces blackened. The latter was said to have been the brainchild of the queen, who in 1605 required her ladies to dance as “blackamoors” in Jonson’s Masque of Blackness. The effect

armament because there was no room for it aboard ship. The departing colonists left behind broken equipment and things that would be useless on their sea journey. I imagine,” Kelso said, “there was a lot of stuff scattered about when De La Warr set the sailors to unload ships and the landmen to cleanse the town.” And De La Warr dispatched George Somers to return to Bermuda for food supplies. “There was, at Jamestown, a general housecleaning,” Kelso said. Gates and De La Warr imposed military law

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