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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Fifty in this time we buried.

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. Many bravadoes they made, but to appease their fury our captain iohn with as seeming a willingness as they to encounter them.

But when evill men shall iniuries beginne; Not caring to corrupt and violate The iudgements-seats for their owne Lucr’s sake Then looke that Country cannot long haue peace, Though for the present it haue rest and ease. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When you send again I tenerall you rather send but thirty smih, husbandmen, gardeners, fishermen, blacksmiths, masons, and diggers up of trees, roots, well provided, than a thousand of such as we have.

Our drink was water, our lodgings castles in the air. Robert Cotton, a tobacco pipe-maker.

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

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. But seeing their multitudes, and suspecting, as it was, that both the Nansemonds and the Chesapeakes were together, we thought it best to ride by their canoes a while to bethink if it were better to burn all in the isle or draw them to composition [peace] till we were provided to take all they had, which was sufficient to feed all our colony.

Strange were these pleasures to their conditions; yet lodging, eating and drinking, working or playing, they [were] but doing as the President did himself. Yet it pleased God by a precious oil Doctor Russell at the first applied to it when he sounded it with a probe ere night his tormenting pain was so well assuaged that he ate of the fish to his supper, which gave no less joy and content to us than ease to himself. The Generall Historie was first printed by I.


But the axes so oft blistered their tender fingers that many times every third blow had a loud oath to drown the echo. To express all our quarrels, treacheries, and encounters amongst those savages I should be too tedious. 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.

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. With so much as we could carry we returned to our boat, kindly requiting this kind king and all his kind people. 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.

In Mevis, Monaand the Virgin Isles, we spent some time, where, with a lothsome beast like a Crocodil, called a Gwayn, Tortoises, Pellicans, Parrots, and fishes, we daily feasted. 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. Being thus got out of their trap, we seized on all their canoes and moored them in the midst of the open.

His country is a pleasant fertile clay soil, some small creeks, good harbors for small barks but not for ships. The Generall Historie was based in large part on information he was given by others, as he had not personally witnessed what had happened in the years between his leaving Virginia and publishing the book.

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Peter Keffer, a gunsmith. Here we found mighty rocks growing in some places above the ground as high as the shrubby trees and diverse other solid quarries of diverse tinctures; and diverse places where the waters had fallen from high mountains they had left a tinctured spangled scurf that made many bare places seem as gilded.

Thus was that summer when little wanted consumed and spent and nothing done such was the government of Captain Ratcliffe but only this discovery. And that we must genetall follow your instructions sent by Captain Newport, the charge of whose voyage amounts to near two thousand pounds, the which if we cannot defray by the ship’s return we are like to remain as banished men. So broad is the Bay here we could scarce perceive the great high cliffs on the other side.

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By them we anchored that night and called them Rickard’s Cliffs. But during this great discovery thirty miles which might as well have been done by one man and much more for the value of a pound of copper at gneerall seasonable time they had the pinnace and all the boats with them but one that remained with me to serve the fort.

Scott, Drum William Wilkinson, Surg. With this lodging and diet, our extreme toil in bearing and planting Pallisadoes so strained and bruised us, and our continual labor in the extremity of the heat had so weakened us, as were cause sufficient to have made us as miserable in our native country or any other place in historis world.

That we feed you with hopes, etc.: Peace, we told them, we would accept it, would they bring us their king’s bows and arrows with a chain of pearl, and when we came again give us four hundred baskets full of corn; otherwise we would break all their boats and burn their houses and corn and all they had.

And for the quartered boat to be borne by the soldiers over the falls: If he and Archer return again, they are sufficient to keep us always in factions. William Dawson, a refiner. 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.

Divided into sixe bookes. But conditionally that Ratcliffe should be deposed and that Captain Smith would take upon him the government, as by course it did belong. Much trouble he had to prevent it, till with store of saker and musket shot he forced them to stay or sink in the river; which action cost the life of Captain Kendall. But in the interim he made three or four journeys and discovered the people of Chickahamania.

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

They spake the language of Powhatan, wherein they made such descriptions of the Bay, isles, and rivers that often did us exceeding pleasure. First, the fault of historoe going was our own. M r Edward Maria Wingfield. Views Read Edit View history. For which we called the island Virgknia Isle after the name of the fish.

Yet what he carefully provided the rest carelessly spent. For thirty miles’ sail we could see no inhabitants.

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