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The Daily Dispatch: January 22, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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From Norfolk. [our own Correspondent.] Norfolk, Jan. 18. "On the 16th of May, " says that adventurous traveller Captain John Smith, "on the 16th of May, 1607, they fixed upon a peninsula on the North side of James River about fifty miles from its mouth, and then in the possession of the Paspaheghs. This was pronounced a very fit place for a very great city; but there was some contention about it between Captain Gosnold and Wingfield even after the provisions were landed. Here they commenced the settlement of Jamestown, which was, as it proved, the small beginning of our now great and prosperous Confederacy." Hence the city of Jamestown. The subsequent struggles of the new colony, its growth, the exploits of its founders, Smith, Gosnold, Newport, Ratcliff, Martin, and others, have become as familiar as household words through the pages of history. For the next century the record of the Colony was one of many difficulties, but of gradual growth. The two ensuing summers wer