A Brief and True Report of Virginia

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This is an account of the first expolorations of America by the English.

Thomas Hariot, 1560-1621, John White, fl. 1585-1593, and Richard Hakluyt, 1552?-1616

A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia: of the Commodities and of the Nature and Manners of the Naturall Inhabitants : Discouered bÿ the English Colonÿ There Seated by Sir Richard Greinuile Knight In the ÿeere 1585 : Which Remained Vnder the Gouerenment of Twelue Monethes, At the Speciall Charge and Direction of the Honourable Sir Walter Raleigh Knight Lord Warden of the Stanneries Who therein Hath Beene Fauoured and Authorised bÿ Her Maiestie and Her Letters Patents / This Fore Booke Is Made in English by Thomas Hariot seruant to the Aboue-Named Sir Walter, a Member of the Colonÿ, and There Imploÿed in Discouering
[New York]: [J. Sabin & Sons], [1871].

Thomas Hariot (also spelled Harriott and Harriot) (1560?-1621), explorer, scientist, and author, was the first English compiler and publisher of information relating to the New World. By 1580, Hariot had already been tutoring Sir Walter Raleigh and his sea captains in mathematics and navigation for a few years and was involved in the initial planning of Raleigh’s Roanoke venture in 1583. But his first-hand experience in England’s early attempts at exploring and colonizing the New World came from his participation in the second Roanoke expedition of 1585. After returning to England, Hariot lent his navigational expertise to helping the English defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. In the early 1600s, though, he served a brief sentence in the Tower of London for his role in a feud between Raleigh and the court of King James. By the mid-1600s, Hariot returned to his mathematical and astronomical interests, which he pursued until his death in England on July 2, 1621.

The summary of this report makes me wonder why we could have not had better relations with the Indians. The total trust in Christian doctrine is very encouraging. But too often people are want to talk about themselves, appreciate only the lifestyle they know, and fail to listen more heartedly.

Following is the link to Thomas Hariot’s description of Virginia and it’s native inhabitants in 1588.

Thomas Hariot, A Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588)


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