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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The soldiers say many historiie your officers maintain their families out of that you send us, and that Newport hath a hundred pounds a year for carrying news. 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.

From May to September those that escaped lived upon sturgeon and sea crabs.

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. By them we anchored that night and called them Rickard’s Cliffs.

Far we were not gone ere they came again and began to sing and dance and recall us. Robert Cotton, a tobacco pipe-maker. 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 girginia. Smith, perceiving smitn their late misery not any regarded but from hand to mouth the company being well recoveredcaused the pinnace to be provided with things fitting to get provision for the year following.

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

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 generaall commodious because it is but virginiw ridge of land betwixt the Bay and the main ocean. Wherein to express all the dangers, accidents, and encounters this small number passed in that small barge, by the scale of proportion about three thousand miles with such watery diet in those great waters and barbarous countries generalll then to any Christian utterly unknown I rather their merit to the censure of the courteous and experienced reader than I would be tedious or partial, being a party.

Expressly to follow your directions by Captain Newport, though they be performed I was directly against it; but according to our commission, I was content to be overruled by the major part of the Council.

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.


A Publication of Virginia Humanitites. With the procedings of those severall colonies and the accidents that befell them in all their journyes smuth discoveries. And for him at that time to find in the South Sea a mine of gold or any of them gennerall by Sir Walter Raleigh: I received your letter wherein you write that our minds are so set upon faction and idle conceits in dividing the country virginiz 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.

Also the maps and descriptions of all those countryes, their commodities, people, government, customes, and religion yet knowne. So I humbly rest. I confess they daily make good cheer, but our diet is a little meal and water and not sufficient of that. 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.

As for your fears that I will lose myself in these unknown large waters or be swallowed up in some stormy gust, abandon these childish fears, for worse than is passed is not likely to happen. Though I be no scholar I am past a schoolboy, and I desire but to know what either you and these here do know but that I have learned to tell you by the continual hazard of my life. For thirty miles’ sail we could see no inhabitants. The second of JuneSmith left the fort to perform his discovery with this company [Six gentlemen and Seven soldiers, and One doctor].

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 Hsitorie Ratliffe Captaine of the Pinnace rather desired to beare vp the helme to returne for Englandthen make further search.

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For which we called the island Stingray Isle after the name of the fish. 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.

Whilst the ships stayed, our allowance was somewhat bettered by a daily proportion of biscuit, which the sailors would pilfer to sell, give, histoire exchange with us for money, sassafras, furs, or love.

From your ship we had not pro vision in victuals worthy twenty pounds, and we are more than two hundred to live upon this: The first people we saw were two grim and stout savages upon Cape Charles, with long poles like javelins, headed with bone.


And some we have found dead upon the shore. Being thus got out of their trap, we seized on all their canoes and moored them in the midst of the open. 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, with their Okee which was an idol made of skins, stuffed with moss, all painted and hung with chains and copper borne before them.

Our drink was water, our lodgings castles in the genreall. Richard Muttonboy.

The mine is a great rocky mountain like antimony, wherein they digged a great hole with shell and hatchets. All this time our old gnerall made as much of all them that had either money or ware as could be desired. 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.

Hustorie were these pleasures to their conditions; yet lodging, eating and drinking, working or playing, they [were] but doing as the President did th. By this let all men judge how this business could prosper, being thus abused by such pilfering occasions.

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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.

But thirty of us he conducted down the river some five teh from Virginix to learn to make Clapboard, cut down trees, and lay in woods. Finding this eastern shore shallow broken isles, and for most part without fresh water, we passed by the straits of Limbo for the western shore. Ashore we went and where they wrought we threw diverse toys and so departed. Archived from the original on Gentlemen, if you would remember the memorable history of Sir Ralph Lane, how his company importuned him to proceed in the discovery of Moratico, alleging they had yet a dog that being boiled with sassafras leaves would richly feed them in their returns; then what a shame would it be for historiw that have been so suspicious of my tenderness to force me [to] return with so much provision as we have and scarce able to say where we have been nor yet heard of that we were sent to seek?