Chapter 1 Response for After the Fact - Kelsey Jans History...

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Kelsey Jans History 201 Prof. Lamphier A Review of Davidson and Lyttle’s, “Serving Time in Virginia,” in After the Fact: The Art of Historical Detection (New York: 2005) In the first chapter of Davidson and Lyttle’s After the Fact , Davidson and Lyttle describe the hardships that the English endured when they immigrated to Virginia. First of all, the chapter tells us about the first known encounters with Native Americans, immigration, then the development of the colony, how Virginia became successful, then how slavery was introduced to the colonies. Davidson and Lyttle first tell us about the famous Captain John Smith and his adventures. Supposidly, Captain John Smith was one of the founders of Jamestown or one of the people who suggested the idea of immigration. He wrote a book called “ A generall Historie of Virginia” which was published in 1624. This book told stories of his expedition at age 21 when he joined an expedition to Virginia in 1606. Smith starts his story by stating that he was first a prisoner taken by the Turks and then made a slave to a woman by the name of Charatza Tragabigzanda. The woman’s brother taunted smith so much that he had enough. Smith “beat out his braines with his threshing bat” and then soon escaped. After this incident smith soon established the first European contact with some of the Indian tribes in America while he was exploring and gathering food.
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