The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown

The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America

Lorri Glover and Daniel B. Smith

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“A rip-snortin’ story of shipwreck, intrigue, horror, courage, risk, luck and will . . . gripping.”—Publishers Weekly

The English were latecomers to America, and their initial attempts to establish an overseas empire met with dismal failure. In 1609, another disaster set the final course of this dramatic history, when the Sea Venture, the ship dispatched by London investors to rescue the starving settlers at Jamestown, collided with a ferocious hurricane and was shipwrecked off the coast of Bermuda. This riveting historical narrative describes how the 150 castaways were seduced by the island’s unexpected pleasures for almost a year and were later riven by mutinies when ordered to continue on to Virginia. Ultimately they built boats with their own hands and arrived safely in Jamestown to face the daunting task of rebuilding America’s first permanent colony.

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Late in the evening on June 2, 1609, an impressive convoy of nine ships launched out of Plymouth Sound. Bound for Virginia with six hundred passengers, livestock, and provisions, the fleet was the largest En gland had ever sent across the Atlantic—an audacious effort born out of the desperate desire to save the dying colony huddled around Jamestown. Three of En gland's "most worthy, honored gentlemen," Captain Christopher Newport, the nation's most experienced mariner; Admiral George Somers, veteran of campaigns in Ireland, the Netherlands, and the Ca rib be

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“In this gripping account of shipwreck, mutiny, perseverance, and deliverance, the epic story of the wreck of the Sea Venture and its consequences for the survival of Jamestown, England's first successful colony in the New World, is told for the first time. Glover and Smith persuasively make the case that in saving themselves, the 150 castaways stranded for nearly a year on the remote island of Bermuda ultimately saved English America.”—James Horn, author of A Land As God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America


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Lorri Glover and Daniel B. Smith

Lorri Glover is the author of two books on the early South, including Southern Sons: Becoming Men in the New Nation. She is a professor of early American history at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

Daniel Blake Smith is the author of An American Betrayal, The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown, Inside the Great House: Planter Family Life in Eighteenth Century Chesapeake Society, and many articles on early American history. Formerly a professor of colonial American history at the University of Kentucky, Smith now lives in St. Louis where he works as a screenwriter and filmmaker.

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The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown
The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America
Lorri Glover and Daniel B. Smith

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Henry Holt and Co.
Holt Paperbacks
July 2009
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780805090253
ISBN10: 0805090258
5 1/4 x 8 inches, 336 pages, Includes eighteen pages of black-and-white photographs and five maps
$16.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
August 2008
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ISBN: 9781429930963
ISBN10: 1429930969
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 336 pages, Includes eighteen pages of black-and-white photographs and five maps
$7.99
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