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1603.-Martin Pring and William Brown were this year fent by Sir Walter Raleigh, with two fmall veffels, to make difcoveries in North Virginia. They came upon the coaft, which was broken with a multitude of islands, in latitude 43° 30' north. They coasted fouthward to Cape Cod Bay; thence round the Cape into a commodious harbour in latitude 41° 25', where they went afhore and tarried seven weeks, during which time they loaded one of their veffels with fassafras, and returned to England.
Bartholomew Gilbert, in a Voyage to South Virgina, in fearch of the third colony which had been left there by Governor White in 1587, having touched at feveral of the Weft-India Islands, landed near Chefapeek Bay, where, in a skirmish with the Indians, he and four of his men were unfortunately flain. The reft, without any further fearch for the colony, returned to England.
France, being at this time in a state of tranquility in confequence of the edict of Nantz in favour of the Proteftants, paffed by Henry IV. (April 1598) and of the peace with Philip king of Spain and Portugal, was induced to purfue her difcoveries in America. Accordingly the king figned a patent in favour of De Mons, (1603) of all the country
from the 40th to the 46th degrees of north latitude under the name 1604 of Acadia. The next year De Mons ranged the coast from St.
Lawrence to Cape Sable, and fo round to Cape Cod.
1605.-In May 1605, George's Island and Pentecoft Harbour were discovered by Capt. George Weymouth. In May he entered a large river in latitude 43° 20, (variation 11° 15′ weft) which Mr. Prince, in his Chronology, fuppofes must have been Sagadahok; but from the latitude, it was more probably the Pifcataqua. Capt. Weymouth carried with him to England five of the natives.
1606.-In the Spring of this year, James I. by patent, divided Virginia into two colonies. The fouthern included all lands between the 34th and 41ft degrees of north latitude. This was ftyled the firft colony, under the name of South Virginia, and was granted to the London Company. The northern, called the fecond colony, and known by the general name of North Virginia, included all lands between the 38th and 45th degrees north latitude, and was granted to the Plymouth Company. Each of thefe colonies had a council of thirteen men to govern them. To prevent difputes about territory, the colonies were prohibited to plant within an hundred miles of each other. There appears to be an inconfiftency in thefe grants, as the lands lying between the 38th and 414 degrees, are covered by both patents.
Both the London and Plymouth companies enterprized fettlements within the limits of their respective grants. With what fuccefs will now be mentioned,
Mr. Piercy, brother of the Earl of Northumberland, in the service of the London Company, went over with a colony to Virginia, and difcovered Powhatan, now James River. In the mean time the Plymouth Company fent Capt. Henry Challons in a vessel of fifty-five tons to plant a colony in North Virginia; but in his voyage he was taken by a Spanish fleet and carried to Spain.
1607.-The London Company this fpring, fent Capt, Christopher April 26. Newport with three veffels to South Virginia, On the 26th of April he entered Chefapeek Bay, and landed, and foon after gave to
the most fouthern point, the name of Cape Henry, which it still May 13. retains. Having elected Mr. Edward Wingfield prefident for
the year, they next day landed all their men, and began a fettlement on James river, at a place which they called JamesJune 22. Town. This is the first town that was settled by the English in North America. The June following Capt. Newport failed for England, leaving with the prefident one hundred and four perfons. Auguft 22.-In Auguft died Capt. Bartholomew Gofnold, the first projector of this fettlement, and one of the council. The following winter James-Town was burnt,
During this time the Plymouth company fitted out two fhips under the command of Admiral Rawley Gilbert. They failed for North Virginia on the 31st of May, with one hundred planters, and Capt. George Popham for their prefident. They arrived in August, and settled about nine or ten leagues to the fouthward of the mouth of Sagadahok river. A great part of the colony, however, difheartened by the feverity of the winter, returned to England in December, leaving their prefident, Capt. Popham, with only forty-five men.
It was in the fall of this year that the famous Mr. Robinson, with part of his congregation, who afterwards fettled at Plymouth in NewEngland, removed from the North of England to Holland, to avoid the cruelties of perfecution, and for the fake of enjoying "purity of worship and liberty of confcience."
This year a small company of merchants at Dieppe and St. Malo's, founded Quebeck, or rather the colony which they sent, built a few huts there, which did not take the form of a town until the reign of Lewis XIV.
1608. The Sagadahok colony fuffered incredible hardships after the departure of their friends in December. In the depth of winter, which
was extremely cold, their ftore-houfe caught fire and was confumed, with most of their provifions and lodgings. Their misfortunes were increased, soon after, by the death of their prefident. Rawley Gilbert was appointed to fucceed him.
Lord Chief Juftice Popham made every exertion to keep this colony alive by repeatedly fending them fupplies. But the circumstance of his death, which happened this year, together with that of prefident Gilbert's being called to England to fettle his affairs, broke up the colony, and they all returned with him to England.
The unfavourable reports which these first unfortunate adventurers propagated refpecting the country, prevented any further attempts to fettle North Virginia for feveral years after.
1609.-The London company, last year, fent Capt. Nelson, with two fhips and one hundred and twenty perfons, to James-Town; and this year Capt. John Smith, afterwards prefident, arrived on the coaft of South Virginia, and by failing up a number of the rivers, difcovered the interior country. In September, Capt. Newport arrived with seventy perfons, which increased the colony to two hundred fouls.
Mr. Robinson and his congregation, who had fettled at Amfterdam, removed this year to Leyden, where they remained more than eleven years, till a part of them came over to New England.
The council for South Virginia having refigned their old commission, requested and obtained a new one; in confequence of which they ap pointed Sir Thomas Weft, Lord De la War, general of the colony; Sir Thomas Gates, his lieutenant; Sir George Somers, admiral; Sir Thomas Dale, high marshal; Sir Ferdinand Wainman, general of the horfe, and Capt. Newport, vice admiral.
June 8.-In June, Sir T. Gates, admiral Newport. and Sir George Somers, with seven ships and a ketch and pinnace, having five hundred
fouls on board, men, women, and children, failed from FalJuly 24. mouth for South Virginia. In croffing the Bahama Gulf, on the 24th of July, the fleet was overtaken by a violent storm, and feparated. Four days after, Sir George Somers ran his veffel afhore on one of the Bermudas Islands, which, from this circumftance, have been called the Somer Islands. The people on board, one hundred and fifty in number, all got fafe on fhore, and there remained until the following May. The remainder of the fleet arrived at Virginia in August. The colony was now increased to five hundred men. Capt. Smith, then prefident, a little before the arrival of the fleet, had been very badly burnt by means of fome powder which had accidentally caught fire. This unfortunate circumftance, together with the oppofition he
met with from those who had lately arrived, induced him to leave the colony and return to England, which he accordingly did the laft of September. Francis Weft, his fucceffor in office, foon followed him, and George Piercy was elected prefident.
1610.-The year following, the South Virginia or London company, fealed a patent to Lord De la War, conftituting him Governor and Captain General of South Virginia. He foon after embarked for America
with Capt. Argal and one hundred and fifty men, in three fhips.
The unfortunate people, who, the year before, had been shipwrecked on the Bermudas Islands, had employed themselves during the winter and fpring, under the direction of Sir Thomas Gates, Sir George Somers, and admiral Newport, in building a floop to tranfport themselves to the continent. They embarked for Virginia on the 10th of May, with about one hundred and fifty perfons on board, leaving two of their men behind, who chose to stay, and landed at James-Town on the 23d of the fame month. Finding the colony, which at the time of Capt. Smith's departure, confifted of five hundred fouls, now reduced to fixty, and thofe few in a distressed and wretched fituation, they with one voice refolved to return to England; and for this purpose, on the 7th of June, the whole colony repaired on board their veffels, broke up their fettlement, and failed down the river on their way to their native country. Fortunately, Lord De la War, who had embarked for James-Town the March before, met them the day after they failed, and perfuaded them to return with him to James-Town, where they arrived and landed the 10th of June. The government of the colony of right devolved upon Lord De la War. From this time we may date the effectual fettlement of Virginia. Its hiftory, from this period, will be given in its proper place.
As early as the year 1608, or 1609, Henry Hudson, an Englishman, under a commiffion from the king his mafter, difcovered Long Island, New York, and the river which ftill bears his name, and afterwards fold the country, or rather his right, to the Dutch. Their writers, however, contend that Hudson was sent out by the Eaft-India company in 1609, to discover a north-west passage to China; and that having first discovered Delaware Bay, he came and penetrated Hudfon's river as far as latitude 43°. It is faid however that there was a fale, and that the English objected to it, though for fome time they neglected to oppofe the Dutch fettlement of the country.
1610.-In 1610, Hudfon failed again to this country, then called by the Dutch New Netherlands, and four years after, the States-General
granted a patent to fundry merchants for an exclufive trade
1614 North river, who the fame year, (1614) built a fort on the weft fide near Albany. From this time we may date the settlement of New York, the hiftory of which will be annexed to a description of the State.
Conception Bay, on the Ifland of Newfoundland, was fettled in the year 1610, by about forty planters under governor John Guy, to whom king James had given a patent of incorporation.
Champlain, a Frenchman, had begun a fettlement at Quebec, 1608, St. Croix, Mount Manfel, and Port Royal were fettled about the fame time. These fettlements remained undisturbed till 1613, when the Virginians, hearing that the French had fettled within their limits, fent Captain Argal to dislodge them. For this purpose he failed to Sagadahoc, took their forts at Mount Manfel, St. Croix, and Port Royal, with their veffels, ordnance, cattle, and provisions, and carried them to James-Town in Virginia, Quebec was left in poffeffion of the French,
1614.-This year Capt. John Smith, with two fhips and forty-five men and boys, made a voyage to North Virginia, to make experiments upon a gold and copper mine. His orders were, to fish and trade with the natives, if he should fail in his expectations with regard to the mine. To facilitate this bufinefs, he took with him Tantum, an Indian, per haps one that Capt. Weymouth carried to Engiand in 1605. In April he reached the Island Monahigan in latitude 43° 30', Here Capt. Smith was directed to stay and keep poffeffion, with ten men, for the purpose of making a trial of the whaling bufinefs, but being disappointed in this, he built feven boats, in which thirty-feven men made a very fuccefsful fishing voyage. In the mean time the captain himself, with eight men only, in a small boat, coafted from Penobscot to Sagadahok, Acocifco, Paffataquack, Tragabizanda, now called Cape Ann, thence to Acomak, where he fkirmished with fome Indians; thence to Cape Cod where he fet his Indian, Tantum, afhore and left him, and returned to Monahigan. In this voyage he found two French ships in the Bay of Maffachusetts, who had come there fix weeks before, and during that time, had been trading very advantageoufly with the Indians. It was conjectured that there was, at this time, three thousand Indians upon the Maffachusetts Iflands.
In July, Capt. Smith embarked for England in one of the veffels, leaving the other under the command of Capt. Thomas Hunt, to equip for a voyage to Spain. After Capt. Smith's departure, Hunt perfidioufly allured twenty Indians (one of whom was Squanto, afterwards fo ferviceable to the English) to come on board his fhip at Patuxit, and