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STRENGTHENING THE FORT
NEXT day, when Master Wingfield and his following came in,
none the better for having gone to Powhatan's village, all
understood that it would have been wiser had they listened
to my master when he counseled them to take exercise at arms,
and straightway all the men were set about making a fort with
 palisade, which last is the name for a fence built of logs
set on end, side by side, in the ground, and rising so high
that the enemy may not climb over it.
This work took all the
time of the laborers until the summer was gone, and in the
meanwhile the gentlemen made use of the stores left us by the
fleet, until there remained no more than one half pint of wheat
to each man for a day's food.
The savages strove by day and by night to murder us, till it
was no longer safe to go in search of oysters or wildfowl, and
from wheat which had lain so long in the holds of the ships
that nearly every grain in it had a worm, did we get our only
The labor of building the palisade was most grievous, and it
was not within the power of man to continue it while eating
such food; therefore the sickness came upon us, when it was
as if all had been condemned to die.