Author: George Percy

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“This starveing Tyme”; an excerpt from “A Trewe Relacyon of the procedeings and ocurrentes of Momente which have hapned in Virginia” by George Percy

In this excerpt from “A Trewe Relacyon of the precedeings and ocurrentes of Momente which have hapned in Virginia from the Tyme Sir Thomas Gates was Shippwrackte uppon the Bermudes Anno 1609 untill my departure owtt of the Cowntry which was in Anno Domini 1612,” George Percy describes the events at Jamestown in the autumn of 1609; the Starving Time, during the winter of 1609–1610, when most of the colony died; and the colony’s rescue, first by Sir Thomas Gates and then, in the midst of evacuating, by Thomas West, baron De La Warr. The account was written in the mid-1620s but not widely published until 1922.

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Revenge upon the Indians; an excerpt from “A Trewe Relacyon of the procedeings and ocurrentes of Momente which have hapned in Virginia” by George Percy

In this excerpt from “A Trewe Relacyon of the precedeings and ocurrentes of Momente which have hapned in Virginia from the Tyme of Sir Thomas Gates was Shippwrackte uppon the Bermudes Anno 1609 untill my departure owtt of the Cowntry which was in Anno Domini 1612,” George Percy describes the events at Jamestown in the spring of 1610, just after the Starving Time, until the end of summer. During this time, the colonists, led by Governor Thomas West, baron De La Warr, and Lieutenant Governor Sir Thomas Gates, attack the Indians in revenge for the deaths the previous winter, escalating what has come to be called the First Anglo-Powhatan War (1609–1614). Percy’s account was written in the mid-1620s but not widely published until 1922.

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The Dying Time; an excerpt from “Observations gathered out of a Discourse of the Plantation of the Southerne Colonie in Virginia” by George Percy (1625)

In this excerpt from “Observations gathered out of a Discourse of the Plantation of the Southerne Colonie in Virginia by the English, 1606,” George Percy describes the building of the fort at Jamestown in the spring of 1607, the departure of Captain Christopher Newport, and the period, beginning in August, when many settlers, including Captain Bartholomew Gosnold, died of disease. Percy also touches on the religion and hygiene of the Virginia Indians. The account was published in 1625 by the Reverend Samuel Purchas in Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrimes.

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The First Anglo-Powhatan War Begins; an excerpt from “A Trewe Relacyon of the procedeings and ocurrentes of Momente which have hapned in Virginia” by George Percy

In this excerpt from “A Trewe Relacyon of the precedeings and ocurrentes of Momente which have hapned in Virginia from the Tyme of Sir Thomas Gates was Shippwrackte uppon the Bermudes Anno 1609 untill my departure owtt of the Cowntry which was in Anno Domini 1612,” George Percy describes what turned out to be the beginning of the First Anglo-Powhatan War (1609–1614). The excerpt begins with Captain John Smith dispatching Percy and Captain John Martin to bargain with the Nansemond Indians. The account was written in the mid-1620s but not widely published until 1922.

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Arriving in Virginia; an excerpt from “Observations gathered out of a Discourse of the Plantation of the Southerne Colonie in Virginia” by George Percy (1625)

In this excerpt from “Observations gathered out of a Discourse of the Plantation of the Southerne Colonie in Virginia by the English, 1606,” George Percy describes how the Jamestown colonists first arrived to Virginia in April 1607. He describes in detail the landscape of the Chesapeake Bay, where they explored, as well as their first encounters with the Virginia Indians, including notes about their diet, religion, and politics. The account was published in 1625 by the Reverend Samuel Purchas in Hakluytus Posthumus, or Purchas His Pilgrimes.

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