In chapter 1, book 3 of The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles, published in , Captain John Smith describes. Smith as Unreliable Narrator in The General History of Virginia While John Smith did many things for the. Captain John Smith (–) Admiral of New England was an English soldier, sailor, and author. He is remembered for his role in.

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Away went teh bows and arrows and tag and rag came with their baskets. By [the time] that we had sailed six or seven miles we saw two or three little garden plots with their houses, the shores overgrown with the greatest pine and fir trees we ever saw in the country. 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.

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 gdnerall and burn their houses and corn and all they had.

The western shore by which we sailed we found all along well watered but very mountainous and barren, the valleys very fertile but extreme thick of small wood so well as trees and much frequented with wolves, bears, deer, and other wild beasts.

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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 so importune him now to return as caused him bespeake them in this manner: First, the fault of our going was our own. 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.

The cause of this discovery was to search [for] this mine of which Newport did assure us that those small bags we had given him, in England he had tried [and found] to hold half silver; but all we got proved of no value.

For the coronation of Powhatan: But the axes so oft blistered their tender fingers that many times every ivrginia blow had a loud oath to drown the echo. 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.


Two barges he had himself and eighteen men. 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. What he is now everyone can tell you. Abram Ransack, a refiner. It were better to genersll five hundred pounds a ton -for those gross commodities in Denmark than send for them hither till more necessary things be provided.

Far we went not ere seven genreall eight canoes full of men armed appeared following us, staying to see the conclusion.

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But in brief, at all times we so encountered them and curbed their insolencies that they concluded with presents to purchase peace; yet we lost not a man. The transportation of the company was committed to Captaine Christopher Newporta Marriner well historif for the Westerne parts of America. If he had burnt her to ashes one might have carried her in a bag, but as she is five hundred cannot to a navigable place above hitorie falls. The prodigality of the President’s state went so deepe into our small store, that Smith and Scrivener tied him and his Parasites to the rules of proportion.

And what other minerals, rivers, rocks, nations, woods, fishings, fruits, victual, and what other commodities the land affordeth. The second generwll JuneSmith left virfinia fort to perform his discovery with this company [Six gentlemen and Seven soldiers, and One doctor].

But their orders for government were put in a box, not to be opened, nor the governours knowne vntill they arrived in Virginia. For thirty miles’ sail we could see no inhabitants. Towards the evening we weighed [anchor] and approaching the shore, discharging five or six shot among the reeds, we landed where there lay historei many histirie baskets and much blood, but saw not a savage. The rest seeing the President’s projects to escape these miseries in our pinnace by flight who all this time had neither felt want nor sickness so moved our dead spirits that we deposed him and established Ratcliffe in his place Gosnold being deadKendall deposed.

I fear they will be the confusion of us all ere we hear from you again.

So marching towards their houses, they might see great cirginia of corn: But now Smith being to depart, the President’s authority so overswayed the discretion of Master Scrivener that our store, our time, our strength and labors were idly genedall to fulfill his fantasies. 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.

To This Present Originally, two English joint-stock companies had been created to settle North America, then known as the Colony of Virginia. The President and Captain Archer not long after intended also to have abandoned the country, which project also was curbed and johhn by Smith. At last one of them desired us to go to his house up that river. Smith told them if only six of them would come unarmed and load his boat, he would not only be their friend, but restore them their Okee, and give them beads, hjstorie, and hatchets besides: This king was the comeliest, proper, civil savage virginiia encountered.


No sooner were we landed but the President dispersed so many as were able, some for glass, others for tar, pitch, and soap-ashes, leaving them with the fort to the Council’s oversight. The Presidents overweening iealousie would admit no exercise at armes, or fortification, but the boughs of trees cast together in the forme of a halfe moone by the extraordinary paines and diligence of Captaine Kendall.

By this let all men judge how this business could prosper, being thus abused by such pilfering occasions. Amongst the rest he had chosen Gabriel Beadle and John Russell, the only two gallants of this last Supply, and both proper gentlemen.

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Labourers 12 laborers listed, including one named “Old William”. The President returning from amongst the woods, seeing kohn time consumed and no provision gotten and the ship lay idle at a great charge and did nothing presently embarked himself in the discovery barge, giving order to the Council to send Lieutenant Percy after him with the next barge that arrived at the fort. The book is one of the earliest, if not the earliest, histories of the territory administered by the London Company.

Views Read Edit View history. And thus we began our first acquaintance. Divided into sixe bookes. With divers others to the number of Also two barrels of virginix and such as I take to be good iron ore at the least, so divided as by their notes you may see in what places I found them.

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. Captain Newport we much suspect to be the author of those inventions. 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.