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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 ()

But our boat by reason of the ebb chancing to ground upon a many shoals lying in the entrances, we spied many fishes lurking in the reeds. But the grazing of our bullets upon the water many being shot on purpose they might see them with the echo of the woods so amazed them as down went snith bows and arrows; and exchanging hostages, James Watkins was sent six miles up the woods to their king’s habitation.

And this having fried some 26 weeks in the ship’s hold contained as many worms as grains, so that we might truly call it rather so much bran than corn. This rumor went faster up the river than our barge, that arrived at Warraskoyack the 20th of July, where trimming her with painted streamers and such devices xmith we could we made them at Jamestown jealous of [suspicious of being] a Spanish frigate, where we all, God virgiina thanked, safely arrived the 21st of July.

All 17th-century Virignia writings were essentially in the virgiia of British writings, and both the content and form of the literature of this first century in America were markedly English.

Divided into sixe bookes. With the procedings of those severall colonies and the accidents that befell them in all their journyes and discoveries. The President returning from amongst the woods, seeing the virhinia consumed and no provision gotten and the ship lay idle at a great charge and did nothing presently embarked joohn in the discovery barge, giving order to the Council to send Lieutenant Percy after him with the next barge that arrived at the fort.

Having neither surgeon nor surgery but that preservative oil, we presently set sails for Jamestown, passing the mouths of the rivers Piankatank and Pamunkey. Presently from each side genegall river came arrows so fast as two or three hundred could shoot smoth, whereat we returned to get the open.

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, whom they slew, and much failed not to have cut off the boat and all the rest. Iames ReadBlacksmith. 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.


The want of the language, knowledge to manage his boat without sails, the want of a sufficient power knowing the multitude of the savagesapparel for his men, and other necessaries, were infinite impediments, yet no discouragement. Had we been as free from all sins as gluttony and drunkenness, we might have been canonized for saints.

For remedy of which sin, the President devised how to have every man’s oaths numbered. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. The histprie land on the main, yet it was but low, we called Keale’s Hill, and these uninhabited isles, Russell’s Isles. 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.

Expressly to follow your directions by Captain Newport, though they be performed I was directly against it; but according to our commission, I was content to be overruled by the major part yenerall the Council. Away went their bows and arrows and tag and rag came with their baskets. Having gone so high as we could with the boat, we met diverse savages in canoes well loaden with the flesh of bears, deer, and other beasts; whereof we jojn part.

Master Scrivener, Captain Waldo, and Captain Smiht at the fort, every one in like manner carefully regarded their charge. In their absence I followed the new begun works of pitch and tar, glass, soap-ashes, and clapboard; whereof some small quantities we have sent you. 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.

And so landing his men, and ready to charge them, they smirh fled; and presently after sent their ambassadors with corn, fish, fowl, and what they had to make their peace. In partnership with Library of Virginia. For which we called the island Stingray Isle after the name of the fish. Robert Cotton, a tobacco pipe-maker. Being thus got out of their trap, we seized on all their canoes and moored them in the midst of the open.

Originally, two English joint-stock companies had been created to settle North America, then known as the Colony of Virginia.

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

Passing along the coast, [we searched] gejerall inlet and bay fit for harbors and habitations. 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 histlrie importune him now to return as caused him bespeake them in this manner: 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.

These brawls are so disgustful, as some will say, they were better forgotten, yet all men of good judgment will conclude it were better their baseness should be manifest to the world than the business bear the scorn and share of their excused disorders. The next day we safely arrived at Kecoughtan.


As for your fears that I will lose myself in these unknown large waters or be swallowed up in some stormy gust, abandon these childish fears, for worse than is passed is not likely to happen. At last one of them desired us to go to his house up that river. Some small cod also we did see swim close by the shore by Smith’s Isles, and some as high amith Rickard’s Cliffs.

And I humbly entreat you hereafter let us know what we should receive and not stand to the sailors’ courtesy to leave us what kohn please, else you may charge us with what you will but we not you with anything. Now Captaine Smithwho all this time from their departure from the Canaries was restrained as a prisoner vpon the scandalous suggestions of some of the chiefe envying his repute who fained he intended to vsurpe the government, murther the Councell, and make himselfe King, that his confederats were dispersed in all the three ships, and that divers of his confederats that revealed it, would affirme it, for this he was committed as a prisoner: Their corn being that year but bad, they complained extremely of their own wants, yet freighted our boats with a hundred bushels of corn and in like manner Lieutenant Percy’s that not long after arrived.

But because all the world doe see a defailement; this following Treatise shall giue satisfaction to all indifferent Readers, how the businesse hath bin carried: This time they were become so perfect on all sides I mean the soldiers, sailors, and savages as there was ten vjrginia more car to maintain their hitsorie and private trade than to provide for the colony things ssmith were necessary.

The 16th of June we fell with the virginiia Potomac. Fear being gone and our men recovered, we were all content to take some pains to know the name of that seven mile broad river. Archived from the original on In June virgina, the London Company was granted a charter for a section of the continent south of that given to the Plymouth Company.

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

They cried to us to do no more; all should be as we would, which presently they performed. By this let no man think that the President and these gentlemen spent their times as common wood-haggers at felling of trees or such like labors; or that they were pressed to it as hirelings or common slaves. 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].