Far we were not gone ere they came again and began to sing and dance and recall us. Ashore we went and where they wrought we threw diverse toys and so departed.
Neither better fish, more plenty, nor more variety for small fish had any of us ever seen in any place so swimming in the water, but they are not to be caught with frying pans. They boldly demanded what we were and what we would, but after many circumstances they seemed very kind and directed us to Accomac, the habitation of their werowance, where we were kindly entreated.
For which we called the island Stingray Isle after the name of the fish. None hath been in Virginia that hath observed anything which knows not this to be true. The simple savages seeing our captain hurt and another bloody by breaking his skin, our numbers of bows, arrows, swords, mantles, and furs would needs imagine we had been at wars.
Away went their bows and arrows and tag and rag came with their baskets. 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. All these things were carried so pleasantly as within a week they became masters making it their delight to hear the trees thunder as they fell.
Being thus got out of their trap, we seized on all their canoes and moored them in the midst of the open. Presently from each side the river came arrows so fast as two or three hundred could shoot them, whereat we returned to get the open. 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.
Then we were conducted by two savages up a little bayed creek towards Onawmanient [Nomini Bay], where all the woods were laid with ambuscados to the number of three or four thousand [more likely hundred] savages, so strangely painted, grimed and disguised, shouting, yelling, and crying as so many spirits from hell could not have showed more terrible.
But if you rightly consider what an infinite toil it is in Russia and Swethland [Sweden] where the woods are proper for naught else, and though there be the help both of man and beast in those ancient commonwealths, which many a hundred years have used it; yet thousands of those poor people can scarce get necessaries to live but from hand to mouth.
We were kindly used of those savages of whom we understood they were commanded to betray us, by the direction of Powhatan; and he so directed from the discontented at Jamestown because our captain did cause them stay in their country against their wills.
For the charge of this voyage of two or three thousand pounds: When you send again I entreat you rather send but thirty carpenters, husbandmen, gardeners, fishermen, blacksmiths, masons, and diggers up of trees, roots, well provided, than a thousand of such as we have.
And whether the Bay were endless or how far it extended. Many bravadoes they made, but to appease their fury our captain prepared with as seeming a willingness as they to encounter them.
Their request being effected, he substituted Master Scrivener, his dear friend, in the Presidency, equally distributing those private provisions the other had engrossed, appointing more honest officers to assist Master Scrivener who then lay exceeding sick of a calenture.
The President returning from amongst the woods, seeing the 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.
But searching their habitations for water, we could fill but three barricoes [kegs] and that such puddle [water] that never till then we ever knew the want of good water.
I fear to the hazard of us all, which now is generally confessed when it is too late. For in over-toiling our weak and unskillful bodies to satisfy this desire of present profit we can scarce ever recover ourselves from one Supply to another.
Master Scrivener was sent with the barges and pinnace to Werowocomoco, where he found the savages more ready to fight than trade. From Wighcocomoco to this place all the coast is low broken isles of morap [marsh], grown a mile or two in breadth and ten or twelve in length, good to cut for hay in summer and to catch fish and fowl in winter; but the land beyond them is all covered over with wood, as is the rest of the country.
At last one of them desired us to go to his house up that river.Captain John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles and relieved, and the most of the soldiers recovered with the skillful diligence of Master Thomas Wotton, our surgeon general.
But now was all our provision spent, the sturgeon gone, all helps abandoned. if you would remember the memorable history of. Exploration and the Early Settlers from The General History of Virginia Historical Narrative by John Smith did you know?
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Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. The General History Of Virgina John Smith Propaganda. Captain John Smith John Smith born to Alice Rickard and George Smith left home at the age of sixteen after the death of his father. His journey led him to fight for the Independence of Spain, become a leader in the Long War and actively involved with the Virginia Company’s to colonize Virginia.
The General History of Virginia - Published in and was wrote by John Smith. - Earliest histories of the Virginia Company. - Narrative Accounts: only first hand.Download