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

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If he had burnt her to generll one might have carried her in a bag, but as she is five hundred cannot to a navigable place above the falls. Richard Dole, a Blacksmith.

Captain John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England & the Summer Isles ()

By this obserue; Good men did ne’r their Countries ruine bring. Originally, two English joint-stock companies had been created to settle North America, then known as the Colony of Virginia.

He told us of a strange accident lately happened him, and it was: And so landing his men, and ready to charge them, they immediately fled; and presently after sent their ambassadors with corn, fish, fowl, and what they had to make their peace. The President and Captain Archer not long after intended also to have abandoned the country, which project smiyh was curbed and suppressed by Smith.

The Spaniard never more greedily desired gold than he [Smith] victual; nor his soldiers more to abandon the country than he to keep it. The President perceiving it was Powhatan’s policy to starve us, told them he came not so much for their corn as to revenge his imprisonment and the death of his men murdered by them. Iames ReadBlacksmith.

Some episodes may have been fabricated, condensed, or truncated, the most famous perhaps being whether or not he was actually “saved” from death by Pocahontas in a fact Smith did not write about until this publication.

Divided into sixe bookes. More than a hundred arrows stuck in our targets and about the boat. The new President and Martin, being little beloved, of weak judgment in dangers and less industry in peace, committed the managing of all things abroad to Captain Smith; who by his own example, good words, and fair promises set some to mow, others to bind thatch, some to build houses, others to thatch them, himself always bearing the greatest task for his own share, so that in short time he provided most of them lodgings, neglecting any for himself.

For the idle letter sent to my Lord of Salisbury by the President [Ratcliffe] and his confederates for dividing the country, etc.: For which we called the island Stingray Isle after the name of the fish.

Kf doth inhabit the jonh Sarapinagh, Nause, Arseek, and Nantaquake, the best merchants of all other savages. Of mines we were all ignorant, but a few beavers, otters, bears, martins, and minks we found. First, the fault of our going was our own. None hath been in Virginia that hath observed anything which knows not this to be true. And in diverse places that abundance, of fish lying so thick with their heads above the water [that] as for want of nets our barge driving among them we attempted to catch them with a frying pan, but we found it a bad instrument to catch fish with.


Repairing our sail with our shirts, we set sail for the main and fell with a pretty convenient river on the east called Kuskarawaok [Nanticoke]. John Smith fell out of favour with the directors of the Virginia Company mostly due to his insistence of jihn food supply and reducing colonist numbers.

And thereat none need marvel, if they consider the cause and reason, which was this: The people at first with great fury seemed to assault us, yet at last with songs and dances and much mirth became very tractable.

For remedy of which sin, the President devised how to have every man’s oaths numbered. 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. What could be thought fitting or necessary we had; but what we should find or want or where we should be we were all ignorant; and supposing to make our passage in two months smlth victual to live and the advantage of the spring to work, we were at sea five months, where ojhn both spent our victual and lost the opportunity of the time and season to plant by the unskillful presumption of oof ignorant transporters that understood not jonh all what they undertook.

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

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. For the coronation of Powhatan: Also two barrels of stones 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.

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. These brawls are so disgustful, as some will say, they were better forgotten, yet all men of good judgment will conclude it were better their baseness should be manifest to the world than the business bear the scorn and share of their excused disorders.

The truth of these accidents would not satisfy them, but impatiently importuned us to know with whom.

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It hath a good channel but many shoals about the entrance. The prodigality of the President’s state went so deepe egnerall our small store, that Smith and Scrivener tied him and his Parasites to the rules of proportion.

Now, that you should know I have made you as great a discovery as he for less charge than he spendeth you every meal, I have sent you this map of the Bay and rivers, with an annexed relation of the countries and nations that inhabit them, as you may see at large. 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: We watered at the Canaries, we traded with the Salvages at Dominica; three weekes we spent in refreshing our selues amongst these west-India Isles; in Gwardalupa we found a bath so hot, as in it we boyled Porck as well as over the fire.


By this let all men judge how this business could prosper, being thus abused by such pilfering occasions. 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.

On the 19 of December, I confess they daily make good cheer, but our diet is a little meal and water and not sufficient of that. But their orders for government were put in a box, not to be opened, nor the governours knowne vntill they arrived in Virginia.

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. Yet none [was] hurt; only Anthony Bagnall was shot in his hat and another in his sleeve.

From your ship we had not pro vision in victuals worthy twenty pounds, and we are more than two hundred to live upon this: Vntill the 13 of May they sought a place to plant in, then the Councell was sworne, M r Wingfield was chosen President, and an Oration made, why Captaine Smith was not admitted of the Councell as the rest. Iames Brumfieldboy. I received your letter wherein you write that our minds are so set upon faction and idle conceits in dividing the country without 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.

Wingfield and Kendall living in disgrace, seeing all things at random in the absence of Smith, the company’s dislike of their President’s weakness, and their small love to Martin’s never mending sickness, strengthened themselves with the sailors and other confederates to regain their former credit and authority, or at least such means aboard the pinnace being fitted to sail as Smith had appointed for trade to alter her course and to go for England.

Such actions have ever since the world’s beginning been subject to such accidents, and everything of worth is found full of difficulties; but nothing so difficult as to establish a commonwealth so far remote from men and means, and where men’s minds are so untoward as neither do well themselves nor suffer others.