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The First Voyage Made to Virginia

Publication Date: January 12, 2011

Chapter: English Literature in the Sixteenth Century

By all accounts, Barlowe and Amadas first voyage into Virginia was an incredibly successful and very peaceful affair. They made contact with the natives, then proceeded to trade and feast on several different occasions. Whenever the natives noticed the Englishmen growing nervous, they'd tell their warriors to lay down their arms. This made a definite impression on the English, who wrote glowing praise about these native people. They took two of the natives back to England with them, apparently not against their will.

That said, naturally, Barlowe's account is going to be heavily biased. Still, given that no one was killed, I'd say there's more fact in his journal than fiction.

And then came James. What an asshat.

Author: Arthur Barlowe • Year: 1589 • Info: Norton Online

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