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The Patriots Daily Bites of American History, The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5
Jamestown Settlement 1607
I don’t really know if Raleigh got word in prison of the Jamestown Settlement but we do know he was beheaded in 1618 and was alive and held as prisoner in the Tower of London in 1607, the same year in which the Pilgrims had seen safely and secretly taken by the Dutch Ship masters to Amsterdam in Switzerland under William Brewster’s brilliant plans.
In the first decade of the 1600s England had been stirring for changes. They resented the harsh rules of their Leaders when they knew their rights came from God. On December 20,1606, three ships. The Susan Constant, the Goodspeed, and the Discovery sailed down the Thames River from London with 120 men on board. Captain Christopher Newport, Commander of the fleet, had charge of the settlers until the landing was made in Virginia.
Captain Newport took the old route by the way of Canary Islands and the West Indies. It was not until April 26, 1607 that the coast of Virginia came into sight. Here two points of land reached toward one another across a broad channel and at one time was named Cape Charles and Cape Henry, in honor of the king’s two sons. Somewhere within these Capes along the Chesapeake Bay the officers of the London Company had decided that the colony should be planted.
The men first landed on Cape Henry and here the seals which Captain Newport carried were opened and the names of the seven men which were to rule the colony as counsellors were learned. Captain John Smith was one of the seven named. At once a suitable place for the settlement was begun. It was spring time and the shores were beautiful with vegetation. the men were in high spirits. It seemed to them, at that time, that planting a colony for the London Company would be a pleasant easy time.
The little fleet lay at the lower end of the Chesapeake Bay which had four large broad rivers entering it from the west. Any one of these rivers could be navigated. Heavy forests covered the land except for patches the Indians cleaned to plant corn. The colonists were directed to head south on the James River, named for the king. The Virginia Plantation was the name given at that time. which reached far to the north and far to the south.(to be continued)
Hard Times in the Colony.
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