A Tale of Two Colonies
What Really Happened in Virginia and Bermuda?
Publication Year: 2011
Published by: University of Missouri Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
Years before the Mayflower set sail, English colonists in the New World confronted Native peoples and set the stage for savagery and slavery. In the early 1600s a series of disasters, miscalculations, and intrigues—each with unintended consequences and unanswered questions—changed the history of the New World and left a...
1. The Wreck of the Sea Venture
In the teming , brawling, bustling London of the early 1600s, more than two hundred thousand people lived and worked. It was the fastest-growing city in Europe and a major world port. On the wide Thames River, small boats went up and down, oars moving like the legs of water bugs, and east of London Bridge, dozens of large ships rode at...
2. Bad Blood at Jamestown
By July 1609, when the Sea Venture survivors clambered ashore on a Bermuda beach, conditions for the Virginia colonists had gone from bad (as John Smith had reported in his True Relation in 1608) to worse. Smith was still in Virginia, but he would not be there long. For two and a half years in Virginia, some of the English who had come with...
3. Troubles in Paradise
Henry Ravens was expendable. No one dared to voice this, not even in a whisper, but every one of the Bermuda castaways knew it. If they were ever to get off these remote islands, someone had to go for help. Virginia was the closest place, but between Bermuda and Virginia lay seven hundred miles of foaming,...
4. The Starving Time
In seventeenth -century England, most people had enough to eat, however humble the fare. At home, even the poor had coarse bread or porridge, and now and then a bit of cheese or meat. It was not fine, but it was filling. Outside the cities, ordinary people grew their own food and butchered their own meat. Workers in towns and cities often...
In the early spring of 1610 winter’s biting winds were gone from Bermuda, but the castaways’ worries hovered over them like sullen clouds. Would their two small ships ever leave Bermuda? No one could say what might happen if Somers rejected Gate’s offer to make peace. Days turned to weeks as the two opposing groups sparred: Gates’s...
6. A Tale of Two Colonies
When Adm . Sir George Somers sailed away from Virginia on July 19, 1610, he left a colony perilously near collapse, but Bermuda’s star was about to rise. But for the wreck of the Sea Venture, Bermuda might have remained what it had been for centuries: an uninhabited speck of land thought to be haunted by devils. But for...
7. The Confluence of Three Cultures
In the spring of 1616 the Somers Islands Company ordered Bermuda’s governor, Daniel Tucker, to send to the West Indies for “negroes to dive for pearls.”1 Tucker (a former Virginia colonist and survivor of the Starving Time) gave the order, and the captain of the...
Page Count: 232
Illustrations: 1, 3 maps
Publication Year: 2011
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