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.
I fear they will be the confusion of us all ere we hear from you again. Ashore we went and johh they wrought we threw diverse toys and so departed.
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Being against their plains [open, flat land], our muskets they found shot further than their bows, for we made not twenty shot ere they all retired behind the next trees. There we found Master Scrivener and diverse others well recovered; many dead, some sick; the late President a prisoner for mutiny; by the most honest diligence of Master Scrivener the harvest gathered, but the jhon in the store much spoiled with rain.
Passing along the coast, [we searched] every inlet and bay fit for harbors and habitations. Our captain sporting himself by nailing them to the ground with his sword set us all a fishing in that manner. But [he found] plenty of corn in the river of Chickahominy, where hundreds of savages in diverse places stood with baskets expecting his coming.
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Two or three days we expected [experienced] wind and weather whose adverse extremities added such discouragement that three or four fell sick, whose pitiful complaints caused us to return, leaving generalk Bay some nine miles broad at nine and ten fathom water.
From May to September those that escaped lived upon sturgeon and sea crabs. And thus we began our first acquaintance. Some episodes may have been fabricated, condensed, or truncated, the most famous perhaps being whether or not he was actually “saved” histoire death by Pocahontas in a fact Smith did not write about until this publication.
Captain Newport, being dispatched with the trials of pitch, tar, glass, frankincense, soap-ashes, [along] with that clapboard and wainscot that could be provided, met with Master Scrivener at point Comfort, and so returned for England.
And yet the loss, the scorn, the misery, and shame was the poor officers, gentlemen, and careless governors who were all thus bought and sold, the Adventurers couzened, and the action overthrown by their false excuses, informations, and directions.
Abram Ransack, a refiner. We remaining were about two hundred.
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. The like encounters we found at Potomac, Cecocawonce and diverse other places; but at Moyaones, Nacotchtant, and Toags the people did their best to content us. So we put one adrift and bade them swim to fetch her, and till they performed their johb we would smmith only break their canoes.
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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 hlstorie break all their boats and burn their houses and corn and all they had.
Edward BrintoMason. Here doth inhabit the people Sarapinagh, Nause, Arseek, and Nantaquake, the best merchants of all other savages. For thirty miles’ sail we jon see no inhabitants.
Captain John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles ()
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Virginix having lain in this small historiie not above twelve or fourteen days, vidginia 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: They spake the language of Powhatan, wherein they made such descriptions of the Bay, isles, and rivers that often did us exceeding pleasure.
And had not Captain Newport cried Peccavi, the President would have discharged the ship and caused him to have stayed one year in Virginia to learn to speak of his own experience.
And in regard of the weakness of the company and heat of the year, they being unable to work, he left them to live at ease to recover their health, but embarked himself to finish his discovery.
This as a miracle drew many to behold them, all which being a great part of his people, not long after died and but smity escaped. The truth of these accidents would not satisfy them, but impatiently importuned us to know with emith. The people ran as amazed in troops from place to place and diverse got into the tops of trees.
I fear to the hazard of us all, which now is generally confessed when it is too late. We watered at the Canaries, we traded with the Salvages at Dominica; three weekes we spent in refreshing our selues amongst these west-India Isles; in Gwardalupa we found a bath so hot, as in it we boyled Porck as well as over the fire. And now the winter approaching, the river became so covered with swans, geese, ducks, and cranes that we daily feasted with good bread, Virginia peas, pumpkins, and putchamins [persimmons], fish, fowl, and diverse sorts of wild beasts as fat as we could eat them, so that none of our tuftaffaty [silly] humorists desired to go for England.
Early in the morning four savages came to us in their canoe, whom we used with such courtesy. 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 if you please to consider this account and of the unnecessary wages to Captain Newport or his ships so long lingering and staying here for notwithstanding his boasting jobn leave us victuals for twelve months, though we had eighty-nine by this discovery lame and sick and but a pint of corn a day for a man, we were constrained to give him three hogsheads of that to victual him homeward or yet [not] to send into Germany or Poland for glassmen and the rest till we be able to sustain ourselves and relieve them.
In the interim we began to cut in pieces their canoes, and they presently lay down their bows, making signs of peace. Here our host left us, the rest rowed by us in a canoe till we were so far past the isle the river became very narrow. 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.
We passed many shallow creeks but the first we found navigable for a ship we called Bolus [Patapsco], for that the clay in many places under the cliffs by the high water mark did grow up in red and white knots as gum out of trees; and in some places so participated together as though generalp were all of one nature, excepting the color; the rest of the earth on both sides being hard sandy gravel, which made us think it bole-armeniac and terra sigillata.
But histlrie President would never have been admitted, for engrossing to his private [use] oatmeal, sack, oil, aquavitae, beef, eggs, or what not, but the [common] kettle. Those are the saint-seeming worthies of Virginia that have notwithstanding all this meat, drink, and wages: The first people we saw were two grim and stout savages upon Cape Charles, with long poles like javelins, headed with bone.
Our drink was water, our lodgings castles in the jlhn.