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The Patriots Daily Bites of American History, The Protestant Reformation Series 30, Volume 5
Hard Times in the Colony:
After searching for 2 weeks a place was selected for the colonists to settle. It was a peninsula reaching into the James River from its north bank but it was low and covered with trees and high grass. There was no water to drink except from the river. Here, they set ashore with their provisions and tools. They were put to work building a three cornered fort near the neck of the peninsula.
Cannons were mounted on the walls and within the enclosure of the fort the beginnings of a town were marked off, which was named Jamestown after King James. The men were not used to hard work but were hired by the London Company and had to do as ordered. Captain newport had been hired to hunt for gold so he sailed way up the James River.
He returned in a week after finding no gold and learned the Indians had attacked the fort and stole the provisions. Captain Newport stayed just long enough to help the settlers complete their stock and then sailed back to England leaving 104 men to hold the fort in Virginia Plantation. Only a few weeks had passed when things began to go badly.
There was little to eat except barley meal and only a ladle full a day for each man. the colonists had a few poor log cabins and holes in the ground for shelter. They soon found the climate did not agree with them and the water from the river was poisonous. One after another they died until by September more than half the little band of homesick and desperate men had lain in graves in the wilderness of Virginia.
(to be continued)
Captain John Smith and the Indians.
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