A Voyage to Virginia in 1609
Two Narratives: Strachey's "True Reportory" and Jourdain's Discovery of the Bermudas
Publication Year: 2013
To celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, the University of Virginia Press reissues its first-ever publication. The volume’s two accounts of the 1609 wreck of a Jamestown-bound ship offer a gripping sea adventure from the earliest days of American colonization, but the dramatic events’ even greater claim to fame is for serving as the inspiration for William Shakespeare’s last major work, The Tempest.
William Strachey was one of six hundred passengers sailing to Jamestown as part of the largest expedition yet to Virginia. A mere week from their destination, the fleet’s flagship, Sea Venture, met a tropical storm and wrecked on one of the islands of Bermuda. Strachey’s story might have ended there, but the castaways survived on the tropical island for eleven months and—in an act of almost incomprehensible resourcefulness—used local cedarwood, along with the wreckage of their own ship, to construct two seaworthy boats and continue successfully on their voyage.
Strachey’s frankness about his fellow travelers, mutinies on the island, and the wretched condition in which they finally found Jamestown kept his document from being officially published initially, but it circulated privately in London, where one of its early readers was William Shakespeare. The second narrative in this volume, by Strachey’s shipmate Silvester Jourdain, covers the same episode but includes many fascinating details that Strachey’s does not, including some that made their way into The Tempest.
Presented with modern spelling and punctuation, this great maritime drama and unforgettable firsthand look at the profound struggle to colonize America offers today’s reader the raw material that inspired Shakespeare’s masterpiece.
Published by: University of Virginia Press
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FOREWORDTO THE SECOND EDITION
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THIS book's two narratives, both written in r6ro but the longer one not published until r625, describe the Sea Virginia ten months later of nearly all the original passengers 1. R[ichard] Rich, 1he Lost Flocke Triumphant (London, r6ro), tide page. As in the body of this book, all quoted words in this foreword are modernized ex 2. Ivor Noel Hume, The Virginia Adventure: Roanoke to James Towne. An ...
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The two works reprinted here, inaugurating a projected series of contemporary narratives relating to the settlement of Virginia, have been much discussed as sources of Shakespeare's The Tempest. Both William Strachey and Silvester Jourdain were passengers on the ill-fated "Sea Venture," which wrecked in 1609 within sight of one of the Bermuda Islands ...
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...~OO«! write The Tempest he had fresh in his ~. W ~"memory a vivid description of a hurricane IThe name of the ship is given in contemporary documents as both 2The letter or "True Reportory" is printed in the modern edition of Samuel Purchas, Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrims (Glas 3For a brief account of Strachey's career, see the introduction to The ...
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...~ '\tI-'+'4 ft Friday late in the evening we brake ~t E ~1f ground out of the sound of Plymouth, IMarginal comment: "A terrible storm expressed in a pathetical and rhetorical description." Most of the marginal notes accompanying Purchas' printing of Strachey's narrative merely summarize the text and S"May the wives and children of our foes be the ones to feel the ...
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...59 Item 22 of "Instructions, Orders, and Constitutions to Sir Thomas Gates, ·Governor of Virginia," as printed in The Records of the Vir ington, D. C., 1933), III, 20, reads, in part, as follows: "One officer or two in every fort, whom you must only appoint to be truncmasters [ ? truckmasters], may dispatch the whole business of trade. . . . ...
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..._. F •• which longer than usual now kept at em. the east and southeast, the way which gested in The Genesis of the United States (Boston and New York, 1890), I, 417, that the title in question might be A True and Sincere Declaration of the Purpose and Ends of the Plantation (London, 1610), which is a different work from the True Declaration quoted at the end ...
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...i1i~ PON His Lordship's landing at the 61JUOUCI6 south gate of the palisade (which looks 116Purchas has a marginal rumination here: "Ad Graecas Calendas [i.e., never]. Can a leopard change his spots? Can a savage, remain ing a savage, be civil? Were not we ourselves made and not born civil in our progenitors' days? And were not Caesar's Britons as brutish as ...
r:A 'Discovery if the 'Bermudas, f9therwise Galledthe Isle if 'Devils
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...7 A line of timbers bolted to the keel to secure it to the floor timbers. 8Somers reached Bermuda safely after battling a storm, only to die there shortly afterward "of a surfeit in eating a pig," according to Edmund Howes's continuation of the Ilnnals of John Stow (1614), p. ...
Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 2013
Edition: second edition