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The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith Enter Fullscreen More information
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith, Rare Books o.s. F229.S7 G3 1624.
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Captain John Smith, 1616 Enter Fullscreen More information
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Captain John Smith, 1616
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Captain John Smith, 1616 Smith’s brashness and bravery won the respect of the Powhatan Indians. He maintained friendly relations with them, but left Jamestown in 1609.
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Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Pocahontas
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Pocahontas, 1616, 1993.192 This is the only portrait of Pocahontas taken from life and thereby the most credible image of her. In rigid, Jacobean attire, twenty-one-year-old Pocahontas seems uncomfortable, but the costume probably hid tattooing and certainly provided the chaste image wanted by the Virginia Company. That organization sponsored the Virginia settlement and Pocahontas's trip to England, and it probably commissioned this print for publicity.
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Iron breastplate
Iron breastplate from the armory of the Tower of London; excavated at Jordan’s Journey, Prince George County Following the massive 1622 attack on the English settlers by Native Americans, King James I provided weaponry from the Tower of London to help the settlers retake lost ground. The Virginia Company chose not to withdraw but urged “revenge” and “extermination” of the native people.
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Indian badge, about 1662 (Front)
Indian badge (Front), about 1662, 1834.1 After decades of conflict with the Native Americans, the English settlers issued passport badges to control Indian entry into English territory. This medal is engraved “Ye King of Patomeck” (Potomac).
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Indian badge, about 1662 (Front)
Indian badge (Back), about 1662, 1834.1 After decades of conflict with the Native Americans, the English settlers issued passport badges to control Indian entry into English territory. This medal is engraved “Ye King of Patomeck” (Potomac).
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Portrait of George Percy
Portrait of George Percy, 1854.2 In 1610, with seventy men, George Percy massacred the Paspahegh and Chickahominy. His men also “put [a captured] Queen to the sworde” and “put her children to death by throwing them overboard and shooting out their braines in the water.”
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith
The Generall Historie of Virginia, New Eng
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Captain John Smith, 1616
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Captain
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Pocahontas
Simon van de Passe’s engraving of Pocahont
Iron breastplate
Iron breastplate
Indian badge, about 1662 (Front)
Indian badge, about 1662 (Front)
Indian badge, about 1662 (Back)
Indian badge, about 1662 (Front)
Portrait of George Percy
Portrait of George Percy