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[134] borders of that remote river to remain for some years
Chap. IV.} 1608.
longer the fabled dwelling-place of a giant progeny.1 He was the first to make known to the English the fame of the Mohawks, ‘who dwelt upon a great water, and had many boats, and many men,’ and, as it seemed to the feebler Algonquin tribes, ‘made war upon all the world;’ in the Chesapeake Bay he encountered a little fleet of their canoes.2 The Patapsco was discovered and explored, and Smith probably entered the harbor of Baltimore.3 The majestic Potomac, which at its mouth is seven miles broad, especially invited curiosity; and passing beyond the heights of Vernon and the city of Washington, he ascended to the falls above Georgetown.4 Nor did he merely explore the rivers and inlets. He penetrated the territories, established friendly relations with the native tribes, and laid the foundation for future beneficial intercourse. The ma5 which he prepared and sent to the company in London,6 is still extant, and delineates correctly the great outlines of nature. The expedition was worthy the romantic age of American history.

Three days after his return, Smith was made pres-

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ident of the council. Order and industry began to be diffused by his energetic administration, when Newport, with a second supply, entered the river. About seventy new emigrants arrived; two of them, it merits notice, were females. The angry covetousness of a greedy but disappointed corporation was now fully displayed. As if their command could transmute minerals, narrow the continent, and awaken the dead,

1 Burk, i. 123.

2 Smith, i. 181—183.

3 Stith, 64.

4 Compare Smith, i. 177, with Stith, 65, and Smith's map.

5 In the Richmond edition, opposite page 149; in Purchas, IV, opposite page 1691.

6 Smith's letter, in Hist. i 202.

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