The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown
This book is a critical analysis and examination of an oceanic catastrophe that faced early people from England for them to get a space among the Americans. It clearly describes the degree of the disaster which to many seemed the end of the English men visiting America at the time but surprisingly brought about the reconstitution of an English empire in the America.
The two authors start narrating their story by giving a detailed account of the disasters that faced the visiting Americans in the new world. In another twist, the authors argue that it was such misfortunes that deterred people from other nations such as Spain from invading the American soil. Because of the continuous failures by the Americans, the Spanish decided to leave them settle rather than attacking them. The two English authors arguably present the opinion that Spain could easily attack and destroy the English settlement at Jamestown after its establishment in 1607.
In spite of Spain not attacking the Americans, Jamestown almost collapsed on its own as a result of increased internal wrangles, lack of food and persistent attacks from the Indians. The Virginia Company that financed it tried to eliminate all the bad news originating from the settlement so that more people would join in the colonization. In 1609, the company sent a fleet of seven ships led by the sea venture for the purpose of strengthening Jamestown. However, the sea venture faced a strong hurricane that landed it on Bermuda Island. Most people in Jamestown and England believed that the sea venture had been destroyed by the hurricane only to find out that it had landed on Bermuda where the castaways were impressed by the conducive and plentiful fortunes present there. The sea venture, led by a man known as Thomas Gates reached Jamestown only to find a devastated colony of English men who instructed Gates to return to England. In a twist of events, as Gates was sailing back, a larger fleet from England arrived and he decided to go back to Jamestown ,saving the Jamestown colony as well as England’s interest in the new world.
Glover and smith’s narration is somehow academic as exemplified by their inclusion of a textual analysis of Shakespeare’s book the ‘Tempest’. Their work carefully and vividly brings out the picture of peoples’ lives faced with hardships, as seen in the dangerous oceanic voyages and also the possible attacks by the Indians. Nevertheless, the perseverance of the sea venture finally pays off the ultimate dominance of England among the Americans.
Daniel smith and Lorri Glover present a very well researched historical book giving an elaborate account of the rocky endeavors faced by England in its quest to establish settlement in America in the 15th century. It pieces together many untold but important stories about how the British nearly resulted to failure in their settlement in the new world. They diligently argue towards the end that it was possibly the lost ship that brought about their success. It is clearly agreeable that their work was an excellent piece in telling historical stories about the catastrophes that faced settlers in the new world. The book is very interesting and enjoyable to read because of the suspense created in the narrations of the tragic events happening at the time. However, in spite of its wonderful description of historical events, I still find the book deficient in the description of the natives in Powhatan. It only describes their fighting with the settlers and I would be very satisfied if it touched on their history as well.
Glover, Lorri and Smith, Daniel B. The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2009.