| Richard of Jamestown|
|by James Otis|
|Follow the fortunes of orphan Richard Mutton as he travels to the New World with Captain John Smith and takes up residence with him in the new colony of Jamestown. See the struggles they go through to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table while the majority of their fellow colonists shirk the work of establishing the colony for the pursuit of gold. Observe how their relationships with the native Americans change over time and how, when they are just on the point of abandoning the colony, a new contingent of colonists arrives to bring fresh hope to the Jamestown settlement. Numerous black and white illustrations complement the text. Ages 8-10 |
EXPLORING THE COUNTRY
WHEN the shallop had been taken out of the hold of the
Susan Constant, and put together by the Carpenters,
 our people explored the shores of the bay and the broad
streams running into it, meeting with savages here and
there, and holding some little converse with them. A few
were found to be friendly, while others appeared to think
we were stealing their land by thus coming among them.
One of the most friendly of the savages, so Nathaniel said,
having shown by making marks on the ground with his foot that
he wished to tell our people about the country, and having
been given a pen and paper, drew a map of the river with
great care, putting in the islands and waterfalls and
mountains that our men would come to, and afterward he
even brought food
 to our people such as wheat and little sweet nuts and berries.
I myself would have been pleased to go on shore and see
these strange people, but not being able to do so save at
the cost of leaving my master, I can only repeat some of
the curious things which Nathaniel Peacock told me.
be known that there was more than one nation, or tribe, of
savages in this new land of Virginia, and each had its king
or chief, who was called the werowance. I might set down the
names of these tribes, and yet it would be so much labor lost,
because they are more like fanciful than real words. As, for
example, there were the Paspaheghes, whose werowance was
seemingly more friendly to our people than were the others.
Again, there were the Rapahannas, who wore the legs of birds
through holes in their ears, and had all the hair on the
right side of their heads shaven closely.
 It gives them much pleasure to dance, so Nathaniel said,
he having seen them jumping around more like so many wolves,
rather than human beings, for the space of half an hour,
shouting and singing all the while.
All the Indians smoked an herb called tobacco, which grows
abundantly in this land, and I have Nathaniel's word for it
that one savage had a tobacco pipe nearly a yard long, with
the device of a deer carved at the great end of it big enough
to dash out one's brains with.
There is very much more which might be said about these
savages that would be of interest; but I am minded now to
leave such stories for others to tell, and come to the day
when Captain Newport was ready to sail with the Susan
Constant and the Goodspeed back to England, for his share
in the adventure was only to bring
 us over from England,
after which he had agreed to return.
The pinnace was to be left behind for the use of us who
remained in the strange land.
Before this time, meaning
the thirteenth day of May, the members of the Council had
decided upon the place where we were to build our village.
It was to be in the country of the Paspahegh Indians, at a
certain spot near the shore where the water runs so deep
that our ships can lie moored to the trees in six fathoms.
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