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‘So Fitt a Messenger’—How John Pory’s ‘Proceedings’ Got to London

By Nancy Egloff, Historian, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation An English man-of-war, the White Lion, played an important role in not just one, but two significant events in Virginia in 1619. In late August 1619 the ship sailed into Point Comfort (present-day Hampton) with “twenty and odd Negroes,” bringing the first recorded Africans to Virginia. Piloted by Englishman Marmaduke Rayner, it entered t

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[jwplatform dlEPTyHg] Angelo Video Script From 1618 to 1620 the Portuguese fought the people of Ndongo in western Africa. Thousands of Africans were abducted and killed by African warlords and mercenaries employed by the Portuguese in Angola. Many were marched from their villages to the port of Luanda. Some escaped. Some died. They were often kept in terrible conditions for m

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[jwplatform ntuwISXH][jwplatform ntuwISXH]     Tomocomo  video Script [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="175"] Wahunsonacock, Chief Powhatan photo 1607. A Nation Takes Root[/caption] Uttamatomakkin, also known as Tomocomo, was a priest-counselor to Chief Powhatan. Matachanna, his wife, was Pocahontas’ half-sister. Tomocomo’s homeland was Tsenacommacah

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Ann Burras

[jwplatform rn2IGkx4] Ann Burras video Script The first English women arrived in Virginia when Captain Christopher Newport brought two to Jamestown on his second supply ship in October of 1608. Ann Burras — an unmarried young woman in her teens — accompanied Mistress Forest as her maid. Mistress Forest had come with her husband (probably Thomas — listed among the s

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King James I

[jwplatform 3GUUXJAz]   King James video Script [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Portrait of King James as a young man, 1595[/caption] James was born in 1566, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley. He was King of Scotland (as James VI) for 36 years before becoming King of England in 1603 — and the first in the British royal line of Stuarts. Ja

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Thomas Savage

[jwplatform e37NWUtf]     Thomas Savage video script In 1621, John Pory wrote: “This Thomas Savage… hath served the public without any public recompense, yet had an arrow shot through his body in that service." Thomas Savage left England at the age of 13 to cross the Atlantic with Captain Christopher Newport, arriving in Virginia on the first supply ship in 1608, eight

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Benjamin Lincoln

[caption id="attachment_28232" align="alignleft" width="432"] Portrait of Benjamin Lincoln by Charles Willson Peale, circa 1784.[/caption]   Of all George Washington's Continental Army generals, few could organize or lead militia troops as well as Benjamin Lincoln. After years of serving in the Massachusetts militia, Benjamin Lincoln had become the "minuteman's general." He was born to

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Poesies: Finding Love in Jamestown and Early Virginia

by Bly Straube, curator, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation [caption id="attachment_27219" align="alignleft" width="300"] This interlocking gold finger ring on loan from the Museum of London for Jamestown Settlement's special exhibition, "TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia," contains the hidden posy, "AS HANDES DOE SHUT SO HARTE BE KNIT."[/caption] Why did 146 English women in the ea

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What did the Powhatan know about Europeans before the English landed?

Contact with Europeans began in the early 16th century when French and Spanish ships sailed the Chesapeake Bay. In the mid-16th century, an Englishman on board a French privateer described a “very good bay” at about 37 degrees latitude. A Virginia Indian was taken from his home about the year 1560 and sent on a ship to strange lands. His Spanish captors gave him a new name, Don Luis. For ten years

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