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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And whether the Bay were endless or how far it extended. But our President would never have been admitted, for engrossing to his private dmith oatmeal, sack, oil, aquavitae, beef, eggs, or what not, but the [common] kettle. Whilst the ships stayed, our allowance was somewhat bettered by a daily proportion of biscuit, which the sailors would pilfer to sell, give, or exchange with us for money, sassafras, furs, or love.

So marching towards their houses, generll might see great heaps of corn: Far we were not gone ere they came again and began to sing and dance and recall us. And had not Captain Newport cried Peccavi, the President would have discharged the ship and caused him to have stayed one year in Virginia to learn to speak of his own experience. The others being come, desired us also to go but a little higher to see their houses. From Wighcocomoco to this place all the coast is low broken isles of morap [marsh], grown a mile or two in breadth and ten or twelve in length, good to cut for hay in summer and to catch fish and fowl in winter; but the land beyond them is all covered over with wood, jhn is the rest of the country.

Matters of moment were to be examined by a Iury, but determined by the maior part of the Councell, in which the President had two voyces. Strange were these pleasures to their conditions; yet lodging, eating and drinking, working or playing, they [were] but doing as the President did himself. But it chanced our captain taking a fish from his sword not knowing her condition being much of the fashion of a thornback but a long tail like a riding rod, whereon the middest is a most poisoned sting of two or three inches long, bearded like a saw on each side, which she struck into the wrist of his arm near an inch and a half.

Two days we were enforced to inhabit these uninhabited isles, which for geenerall extremity of gusts, thunder, rain, storms, and ill weather we called Limbo. It were better to give five hundred pounds a ton -for those gross commodities in Denmark than send for them hither till more necessary things be provided. The truth of these accidents would not satisfy them, but impatiently importuned us to know with whom.

Ashore we went and where they wrought we threw diverse toys and so departed. First, the fault of our going was our own. I fear to the hazard of us all, which now is generally confessed when it is too late.


The people, he told us, were all a hunting but in the isle was his house, to which he invited us with much kindness. And some we have found dead upon the shore. So setting sail for the southern shore, we sailed up a narrow river up the country of Chesapeake. Their request being effected, he substituted Master Scrivener, his dear friend, in the Presidency, equally distributing those private provisions the other had engrossed, appointing more honest officers historle assist Master Scrivener who then lay exceeding sick of a calenture.

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. 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.

The Accidents that happened in the Discovery of the Bay of Chesapeake. Smith unexpectedly returning had the plot discovered to him. Wherein to express all the dangers, accidents, and encounters this small number passed in that small barge, by the pf of proportion about three thousand miles with such watery diet in those great waters and barbarous countries till then to any Christian utterly unknown I rather their merit to the censure of the courteous and experienced reader than I would be tedious or partial, being a party.

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What he is now everyone can tell you. 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 with victual to live and the advantage of the spring to work, we were at sea five months, where we both spent our victual and lost the opportunity of the time and season to plant by the unskillful presumption of our ignorant transporters that understood not at all what they undertook.

Towards hitsorie evening we weighed [anchor] and approaching the shore, discharging five or six shot among the reeds, we landed where there lay a many of baskets and much blood, but saw not a savage.

John Lewes, a Cooper. John Smith fell out of favour with the directors of the Virginia Company mostly due to his insistence of increasing food supply and reducing colonist numbers. Fear being gone and our men recovered, we were all content to take some pains to know the name of that seven mile broad river.

Into our boat voluntarily he came; the rest ran after us by the shore with all the show of love that could be.

Much trouble he had to prevent it, till with store of saker and musket shot he forced them to stay or sink in the river; which action cost the life of Captain Kendall.


Repairing our genrrall with our shirts, we set sail for the main and fell with a pretty convenient river on the east called Kuskarawaok [Nanticoke]. But the torment was instantly so extreme historje in four hours had so swollen his hand, arm, and shoulder we all with much sorrow concluded [anticipated] his funeral and prepared his grave in an island by, as himself directed. To perform all this they alleged only the want of a canoe.

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

Richard Muttonboy. 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. With divers others to the number of By this let no man think that the President and these gentlemen spent their times as common wood-haggers or felling of trees or such like labors; or that they were pressed to it as hirelings or common slaves.

These are the causes that have kept us in Virginia from laying such a foundation that ere this might have given much better content and satisfaction, but as profitable returns.

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

But in brief, at all times we so encountered them and curbed their insolencies that they concluded with presents to purchase peace; yet we lost not a man. This as a miracle drew many to behold them, all which being a great part of if people, not long after died and but few escaped.

The Generall Historie was first printed by I. Being past these isles, which are many in number but all naught for habitation, falling with a high land upon the main, we found a great pond of fresh water but so exceeding hot we supposed it some bath.

Thirty leagues we sailed more northwards not finding any inhabitants, leaving all the eastern shore, low islands but overgrown with wood, as all the coast beyond them so far as we could see. But God the guider of all good actions, forcing them by an extreame storme to hull all night, did driue them by his providence to their desired Port, beyond all their expectations, for never any of them had historei that coast.

The soldiers say many of your officers maintain their families out of that you send us, and that Newport hath a hundred pounds a year for carrying news.