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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Thus God unboundless by his power, Made them thus kind, would us devour. William Dawson, a refiner. The first people we saw were two grim and cirginia savages upon Cape Charles, with long poles like javelins, headed with bone. For every master you have yet sent can find the way as well as he, so that a hundred pounds might be spared, which is more than we have all that helps to pay him wages. The President and Captain Archer not historis after virgihia also to have abandoned the country, which project also was curbed and suppressed by Smith.

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. Thirty leagues we sailed more northwards not finding any inhabitants, leaving all the eastern shore, low islands but overgrown with wood, as all the coast beyond them so far as we could see.

But being historrie and thus armed, they persuaded us to go forward, but we could neither persuade them into their canoe nor into our boat. At last one of them desired us to go to his house up that river.

This river, but only at the entrance, is very narrow, and the people of small stature as them of Wighcocomoco; the land but low, yet it may prove very commodious vifginia it is but a ridge of land betwixt the Bay and the main ocean.

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 the Bay some nine miles broad at nine and ten fathom water. So setting sail for the southern shore, we sailed up a narrow river up the country of Chesapeake.

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

And in this manner, being well armed with clubs, targets, bows and arrows, they charged the English, that so kindly received them with their muskets loaden with pistol shot, that down fell their god and divers lay on the ground. Grnerall we took more in one hour than we could eat virgijia a day. The Names of them that were the first Planters, were these following. What he is now everyone can tell you. The book is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, histories of the territory administered by the London Company.


Gone from thence in search of Virginiathe company was not a little discomforted, seeing the Marriners had 3 dayes passed their reckoning and found no land, so that Captaine Ratliffe Captaine of the Pinnace rather desired to beare vp the helme to returne for Englandthen make further search.

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. Amongst the rest he had chosen Gabriel Beadle and John Russell, the only two gallants of this last Supply, and both proper gentlemen.

Further, he had never visited Bermuda, which had been separated from Virginia to be managed by the Somers Isles Company formed in by the shareholders of the Virginia Company.

Originally, two English joint-stock companies had been created to settle North America, then known as the Colony of Virginia. Sixty or seventy of them, some black, some red, some white, some parti-colored came in a square order, singing and dancing out of the woods, johnn their Okee which was an idol made of skins, stuffed with moss, all painted and hung with chains and copper borne before them.

Being but six or seven in company, he went down the river to Kecoughtan, where at first they scorned him, as a famished man, and would in derision offer him a handful of corn, a piece of bread for their swords and muskets, and general like proportions also for their apparel. Early in the morning four savages came to us in their canoe, whom we used with such courtesy.

Ashore we went and where they wrought we threw diverse toys and so departed. And now, where some, affirmed it was ill done of the Council to send forth men so badly provided, this incontradictable reason will show them plainly they are too ill advised to nourish such ill conceits.

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 the world.

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

But twenty good workmen had been better than them all. I fear they will be the confusion of us all ere we hear from you again. With so much as we could carry we returned to our boat, kindly requiting this kind king and all his kind people. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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 their bows and arrows; and exchanging hostages, James Watkins was sent six miles up the woods to their king’s habitation. And there is as much danger to return as to proceed. It were better to give five hundred pounds a ton -for those gross commodities in Denmark than send for them hither till more necessary things be provided.


We have not received the value of a hundred pounds. 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. But he so much scorned their charitie, and publikely defied the vttermost of their crueltie, he wisely prevented their policies, though he could not vigginia their envies, yet so well he demeaned himselfe virignia this businesse, as all the company did see his innocency, and his adversaries malice, and those suborned to accuse him, accused his accusers of subornation; many vntruthes were alledged against him; but being so apparently disproved, begat a generall hatred in the hearts of the company against such vniust Commanders, that the President was adiudged to giue him 1.

It hath a good channel but many shoals about the entrance.

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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.

These being in an open barge near three tons burden, leaving the Phoenix at Cape Henry, they crossed the Bay to the eastern shore and fell with the isles called Smith’s Isles, after our captain’s name. Seeing many isles in the midst of the Bay we bore up for them, but ere we could obtain them such an extreme gust of wind, rain, thunder, and lightning happened that with great danger we escaped the unmerciful raging of that oceanlike water.

This king was the comeliest, proper, civil savage we encountered.

I received your letter wherein you write that our minds are so set upon faction and idle conceits in dividing the country without your consents and that we feed you but with ifs and ands, hopes, and some few proofs, as if we would keep the mystery of the business to ourselves. But thirty of us he conducted down the river some five miles from Jamestown to learn to make Clapboard, cut down trees, and lay in woods. Yet none [was] hurt; only Anthony Bagnall was shot in his hat and another in his sleeve.

On the 19 of December,