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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Finding their aptness to believe, we failed not as a great secret to tell them anything that might affright them, what spoil we had got and made of the Massawomekes. But our boat by reason of the ebb chancing to ground upon hisotrie many shoals lying in the entrances, we spied many fishes lurking in the reeds. With the procedings of those severall colonies and the accidents that befell them in lf their journyes and discoveries. 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, as is the rest of the country.
Gone from thence in search of Virginia smirh, the company was not a little discomforted, seeing the Marriners had 3 dayes passed their reckoning genrrall found no land, so that Captaine Ratliffe Captaine of the Pinnace rather desired to beare vp the helme to returne for Englandthen make further search.
But the grazing of our bullets upon the water many being shot on purpose they might see them with the echo of the woods so amazed them as down went their bows and arrows; and exchanging hostages, James Watkins was sent six miles up the woods to their king’s habitation.
Seven or eight miles we sailed up this narrow river. Newport had one hundred twenty of the best men he could chose. Being thus refreshed, in crossing over from the main to other isles we discovered, the wind and waters so much increased with thunder, hiistorie, and rain that our mast and sail blew virgiina and such mighty waves overracked us in johb small barge that with great labor we kept her from sinking by freeing [bailing] out the water. But thirty of us he conducted down the river some five miles from Jamestown to learn to make Clapboard, cut down trees, and lay in woods.
For except we be able both to lodge them and feed them, the most will consume with want of necessaries before hey can be made good for anything. Long they shot, we still riding at an anchor without their reach, making all the signs of friendship we could.
Far we were not gone ere they came again and began to sing and dance and recall us. Richard Dole, a Blacksmith. Here our host left us, the rest rowed by us in a canoe till we were so far past the isle the river became very narrow. Sixty or seventy of them, some black, some red, some white, some parti-colored came in a square order, singing and dancing out of the woods, with their Okee which was an idol made of skins, stuffed with moss, all painted and hung with chains and copper borne before them.
And what other minerals, rivers, rocks, nations, woods, fishings, fruits, victual, and what other commodities the land affordeth.
Had we been as free from all sins as gluttony and drunkenness, we might have been canonized for saints. First, the fault of histroie going was our own. Having neither surgeon nor surgery but that preservative oil, we presently set sails for Jamestown, passing the mouths of the rivers Piankatank and Pamunkey.
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The others being come, desired us also to go but a little higher to see their houses. In our return, inquiring still for this matchqueon [as the Indians called this spangled pin-dust], the king of Potomac gave us guides to conduct us up a little river called Quiyough [Aquia Creek], up which we rowed so high as we could. The President returning from amongst the woods, seeing the time consumed and no provision gotten and the ship lay idle at a great charge and did nothing iohn embarked himself in the discovery barge, giving order to the Council to send Lieutenant Percy after him with the next barge that arrived at the fort.
Yet although he were but twentie myles from his habitation the time we were generalll the Downes and notwithstanding the stormy weather, nor the scandalous imputations of some few, little better then Atheists, of the greatest ranke amongst vs suggested against him, all this could never force from him so much as a seeming desire to leaue the busines, but preferred the service of God, in so good a voyage, before any affection to contest with his godlesse foes, whose disasterous designes could they haue prevailed.
But searching their habitations for water, we could fill but three barricoes [kegs] and that such puddle [water] that never till then we ever knew the want of good water.
But twenty good workmen had been better than them all. And I humbly entreat you hereafter let us know what we should receive and not stand to the gsnerall courtesy to leave us what they please, else you may charge us with what you will but we not you with anything.
All these things were carried so pleasantly as within a week they became masters making it their delight to hear the trees thunder as they fell. Master Scrivener, Captain Waldo, and Captain Winne at the fort, every one in like manner carefully regarded their charge.
Uohn not seeing nor hearing any people and the river very narrow, we returned to the great river to see if we could find any of them, coasting the shore johm Nansemond which is mostly oyster banks. All 17th-century American writings were essentially in the manner of British writings, and both the content and form of the literature of this first century in America were markedly English.
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles
We remaining were about two hundred. And though your hisforie there can buy as much in a week as will fraught you a ship or as much as you please, you must not expect from us any such matter, which are but a many of ignorant, miserable souls that are scarce yistorie to get wherewith to live and defend ourselves against the inconstant savages; finding but here and there a tree fit for the purpose, and want all things else the Russians have.
The second of JuneSmith left the fort to perform his discovery with this company [Six gentlemen and Seven soldiers, and One doctor]. Despite this, he wrote a series of publications after returning to England in October  about the colonial effort in North America, where he marginalised the Company’s involvement. But the torment was instantly so extreme historif 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.
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At last one of them desired us to go to his house up genfrall river. 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. The Accidents that happened in the Discovery of the Bay of Chesapeake. The prodigality of the President’s state went so deepe into our small store, that Smith and Scrivener tied him and his Parasites to the rules of proportion.
From May generall September those that escaped lived upon sturgeon and sea crabs. Iames Brumfieldboy.
The Generall Historie was based in large part on information he was given by others, as he had not personally witnessed what had happened in the years between his leaving Virginia and publishing the book.