The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown by Lorri Glover
The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America (John MacRae Books)

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A freshly researched account of the dramatic rescue of the Jamestown

settlers

 

The English had long dreamed of colonizing America, especially after Sir Francis Drake brought home Spanish treasure and dramatic tales from his raids in the Caribbean. Ambitions of finding gold and planting a New World colony seemed within reach when in 1606 Thomas Smythe extended overseas trade with the launch of the Virginia Company. But from the beginning the American enterprise was a disaster. Within two years warfare with Indians and dissent among the settlers threatened to destroy Smythe’s Jamestown just as it had Raleigh’s Roanoke a generation earlier.

To rescue the doomed colonists and restore order, the company chose a new leader, Thomas Gates. Nine ships left Plymouth in the summer of 1609—the largest fleet England had ever assembled—and sailed into the teeth of a storm so violent that “it beat all light from Heaven.” The inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the hurricane separated the flagship from the fleet, driving it onto reefs off the coast of Bermuda—a lucky shipwreck (all hands survived) which proved the turning point in the colony’s fortune.


 

About Lorri Glover

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Lorri Glover is the author of two books on the early South, including Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation. She is a professor of early American history at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.Daniel Blake Smith is the author of An American Betrayal, The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown, Inside the Great House: Planter Family Life in Eighteenth Century Chesapeake Society, and many articles on early American history. Formerly a professor of colonial American history at the University of Kentucky, Smith now lives in St. Louis where he works as a screenwriter and filmmaker.
 
Published August 5, 2008 by Henry Holt and Co.. 336 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Professional & Technical, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Although the Sea Venture’s story and its seminal characters—George Somers, Thomas Smythe, William Strachey, Christopher Newport and Thomas Gates—have recently been featured in Benjamin Woolley’s Savage Kingdom (2007) and Kieran Doherty’s Sea Venture (2007), this treatment stands out for its artfu...

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Few history tales pack the excitement of Virginia's founding. Most accounts start with the 1607 Jamestown landing. But like Kieran Doherty in 2007's Sea Venture</E

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Christian Science Monitor

Four hundred years ago, as European powers competed for dominance in the New World, England looked like the nation least likely to succeed.

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Nine ships left Plymouth in the summer of 1609—the largest fleet England had ever assembled—and sailed into the teeth of a storm so violent that “it beat all light from Heaven.” The inspiration for Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the hurricane separated the flagship from the fleet, driving it o...

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