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Contents Foreword Preface 1. Shadows on the Land Allan C. Fisher Jr. What were the Powhatan Indians like before the English arrived? And what happened when the two cultures met? 2. Virginia's Father Bruce P. Lenman The man after whom Jamestown was named was the eccentric King James I. 3. The Virginia Company of London Dennis Montgomery The business of Jamestown was business. 4. Captain John Smith Dennis Montgomery His admirers credited him with saving Jamestown. Others thought him "an Ambityous unworthy and vayneglorious fellowe." 5. Captain John Smith's Christmas Dennis Montgomery The first description of a New World Christmas. 6. "no fayre Lady" Ivor Noel Hume Portraits of Pocahontas reveal a woman of several faces. 7. Romancing Pocahontas Dennis Montgomery For three centuries, artists imagined Pocahontas's rescue of Smith through the lenses of their own times 8. "we are starved" Ivor Noel Hume During the Starving Time, there was no shortage of finger-pointing. 9. "things which seame incredible" Mark Nicholls Cannibalism in early Jamestown. 10. "such a dish as powdered wife I never heard of" Dennis Montgomery Seventeenth-century reports of man-eating, now often doubted, were readily accepted then. 11. The Mystery of Sir George Somers and His Bermuda Triangle Ivor Noel Hume Somers's disappearance remains baffling. 12. The Reverend Robert Hunt Lewis Wright Among the first colonists was their first vicar. 13. John Clarke's Tale Andrew Gardner Cold War skullduggery ... 1600s style. 14. Henricus Mary Miley Theobald As the colony faltered, the Virginia Company tried to plant a new and improved version upstream. 15. No Wine Before It's Time Charles M. Holloway Before tobacco, viticulture seemed a more likely industry. 16. Tobacco Allen C. Fisher Jr. Virginia's mother lode. 17. Sailor, Soldier, Scoundrel Michael Lombardi Captain John Martin raised the fort that preserved Jamestown and then plotted to create his own fiefdom on the James. 18. Pocahontas's London Christmas Ivor Noel Hume What killed Pocahontas? 19. Footprints on the Past D. A. Saguto Tracking the first English-American shoemakers. 20. "accepte our poore indevour" David Robinson So beseeched the first burgesses, as government by legislature was born in the New World. 21. Historical Rivalry James Axtell If Jamestown came first, why does Plymouth get all the attention? 22. "the tyme appointed" Mary Miley Theobold How did the Indians set the date for their simultaneous attacks on English settlements? 23. How Was "the tyme appointed"? Anthony Aveni Opechancanough may have looked to the skies in determining when to launch his attacks against the colonists. 24. Chanco's Reward J. Hunter Barbour The Indian who warned Jamestown of an imminent attack later became the tool of the colonists' revenge. 25. Doctor John Pott Ivor Noel Hume Jamestown's physician was instrumental in the deaths of more than 600 colonists and 200 Indians. 26. "the unfortunate Accident" Dennis Montgomery Jamestown's fourth and last statehouse burned. Where remains a riddle. 27. Jamestown Rediscovered Will Molineux Archaeologists have unearthed much of the storied settlement's past. About the Contributors Index
Library of Congress Subject Headings for this publication:
Jamestown (Va.) -- History -- 17th century.
Virginia -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Powhatan Indians -- Virginia -- Jamestown -- History -- 17th century.
Frontier and pioneer life -- Virginia -- Jamestown.
Jamestown Island (Va.) -- Antiquities.