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Book X: unsuccessful settlements in New England. (A. D. 1602-1607.) The narrative of Captain Gosnold's adventures is taken from John Brereton's Brief and True Relation of the Discovery of the North Part of Virginia: being a most pleasant, fru
I.—Gosnold's fort at Cuttyhunk.
[Gosnold was the first Englishman who attempted to found a colony in New England; and this account of his attempt is by his companion, John Brereton.]
To the Honorable Sir Walter Raleigh, Knight
Probably a boat obtained from some Basque vessel.
The Basques, or Biscayans, were among the first to engage in the New England fisheries. with mast and sail, an iron grapple, and a kettle of copper, came boldly aboard us, one of them apparelled his was the end of that northern colony upon the River Sachadehoc.
This was the first colony that spent a winter in New England,—thirteen years before the Plymouth Colony arrived.
The winter was an unusually severe one; and, moreover, the chief