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 Primary Documents 1607-1700
By Author 
             Argall, Governor
                                  Letter to the Virginia Company 1617            
                 Bacon, Nathaniel
                                  Declaration in the Name of the People 1676
                 Barret, William
                                  Report of Sir Thomas Gates to the Virginia Company...1610
                                  Full Text of A True Declaration of the Estate in Virginia
             Berkley, Sir William
                                  Discourse and View of Virginia
                 Box, William
                                  A True Declaration of the Estate in Virginia
                 De La Warr, Lord
                                  On handing over his Governorship of Virginia 1611
                 Gates, Thomas, Sir
                                  Report to the Virginia Company 1610
                                  “Devine, Morall, and Martiall" 1612
                 Hamar, Ralph
                                  The Transition between De La Warr and Sir Thomas Dale 1611
                 Johnson, Alderman
                                  Miserable Condition of Virginia 1623
                 Martin, John
                                  On subjecting the Indians December 15, 1622
                 Percy, Master George
                                  Observations Gathered Out of a Discourse of the Plantation of Southern Colonies in                                              Virginia by the English 1606
                                  Observations of First Voyage to Jamestown... 1607
                 Pory, John Secretary of Virginia
                                  Letter to Sir Dudley Carleton on Agriculture...1619
                                  Implementing the Great Charter in Virginia 1619
                                  Letter to Virginia Company January 1622
                 Rolfe, John
                                  Letter to Sir Thomas Dale on his marriage to Pocahontas...1614
                             Letter to Sir Edwin Sandys, June 8, 1617
                                  Report on Virginia to Sir Edwin Sandys 1619
                                  Report to Sir Edwin Sandys concerning Indians 1619
                 Simmons, William
                                  Powhatan takes advantage of the starving time 1609-1610 
                 Smith, Captain John
                                  Excerpts from The Generall Historie of Virginia by Captain John Smith
                                          Building of Jamestown and Conflicts Among Colonial Leaders 1607
                                                   On his Captivity with the Pamunkey Indians
                                                   Arrival of First Supply to Jamestown 1608
                                                   Second Supply to Jamestown 1608
                                                   Smith attempts to suppress Indians around Jamestowne 1608
                                                   Smith Compels Colonists to Work 1609
                                                   Smith is Wounded and Retires from Virginia...1609     
                                                   Near Abandonment of Jamestown 1610
                                                   After the Starving Time 1610 by William Box
                                                   Third Book: The Voyage to Virginia...1612
                                                   Assessment of the Colony 1624
                                  The Settlement of Jamestown 1607
                                  On dealing with Savages 1607
                                  A True Relation 1608
                                  Coronation of Powhatan 1608
                                  Rude Letter to the Virginia Company 1608
                                  Views of John Smith and Powhatan 1608 by John Smith
                                  Starving Time in Virginia 1609-1610
                                  Assessment of Accomplishments and Problems at Jamestown 1609 and 1612
                                  A Map of Virginia: With a Description of the Country, the Commodities, People,                                                                    Government and Religion 1612
                                  On Pocahontas’ marriage to John Rolfe 1613 
                                  Letter to Queen Anne Regarding Pocahontas...1616
                                  Discovery of Virginia, 1170–1584
                 Spelman, Henry
                                  Relation of Virginia 1609
                 Starchy, William
                                  The Church at Jamestown 1610
                                  True Repertory of the Wreck and Redemption of Sir Thomas Gates 1610
                 Thorpe, George
                                  Letter to Sir Edwin Sandys concerning the education of Natives May 1621
                 Waterhouse, Edward
                                  A declaration of the state of the colony and affairs in Virginia 1622
                                  On the Massacre 1622
                 Whitaker, Alexander
                                  “Good News From Virginia” sent to the Counsell and Company of Virginia 1613
                 Wingfield, Edward-Maria
                                  A Discourse of Virginia
                                  Report on John Smith’s capture by the Pamunkey Indians 1607
                 
By Topic
             Agriculture and Labor
                                  Tobacco 1616-1618
                                  Labor Problems 1617-1620
                                 The Reverend John Clayton's Description of Tobacco Cultivation in Virginia, 1688
             American Indians
                                  On dealing with “savages” by John Smith 1607
                                  On Smith’s capture by the Pamunkey Indians 1607 by Edward-Maria Wingfield
                                  Smith on his Captivity with the Pamunkey Indians 1607              
                                  Captain Newport’s Visit to Powhatan 1607
                                  Smith attempts to suppress Indians around Jamestowne 1608
                                  Coronation of Powhatan 1608 by Captain John Smith
                                  Views of John Smith and Powhatan 1608 by John Smith
                                  Instructions to Sir Thomas Gates from the Virginia Company concerning the Natives 1609
                           Powhatan takes advantage of the starving time 1609-1610 by William Simmons 1610
                          Excerpt from “A True Declaration of the Estate in Virginia” by William Barret 1610                                                              concerning the conversion of Indians to Christians 
                                  Pocahontas Taken Prisoner 1612
                                  Pocahontas’ marriage to John Rolfe 1613 by Captain John Smith
                                  Report to Sir Edwin Sandys concerning Indians 1619 by John Rolfe
                                  Letter to Sir Edwin Sandys concerning the education of Natives by George Thorpe May 1621
                                  Description of the Massacre of 1622 by Edward Waterhouse      
                                  On how the Massacre was good for the colony 1622 by Edward Waterhouse
                                  On subjecting the Indians by John Martin December 15, 1622
                                  Captain John Smith's Description of the Indian Massacre, 1622 
                                  Captain John Smith's Journey to the Pamunkey Indians, 1608
   Captain John Smith's Petition to Queen Anne on Behalf of Pocahontas, 1616

                                  William Strachey's Description of Chief Powhatan, 1612

                                  William Strachey's Description of the Natives of Virginia, 1612

                Bacon's Rebellion
                                Eulogy of the Dead Rebel, 1676
                                An Account of Our Late Troubles in Virginia, 1676
                                List of Those Executed for Bacon's Rebellion, 1676                 
                 Governors
                                  Transition from Lord De La Warr to Sir Thomas Dale...May 1611
                                  Sir Thomas Dale encourages Enterprise in Virginia 1614
                                  Charles II's Patent Appointing Thomas, Lord Culpeper, Governor of Virginia, 1680
                 Indentured Servitude
                                  Richard Frethorne's Description of Indentured Service, 1623                 
                 Landing at Jamestowne
                                First Residents of Jamestown, 1607
                                Instructions for the Virginia Colony, 1606
                 
                  Maps and Charts
                                  1624 Jamestown Census
                                  Map of Virginia 1624
                                  Map of Virginia 1667
                                  Map of the Waters, 1688
                 Other Settlements in the Jamestowne Period
                                Captain John Smith's Description of the Plymouth Colony, 1624
                                Fifth Voyage of John White to Virginia, 1589
                                John Brereton's Account of the Aborted New England Colony, 1602                 
                 Problems in Virginia
                                  Miserable conditions in Virginia 1623 by Alderman Johnson
                                  Captain Anthony Chester's Description of a Sea Fight, 1620 
                                  Winter of the Starving Time, 1609–1610
             Virginia Charters
                                  First Virginia Charter :April 10, 1606
                                  Second Virginia Charter: May 23, 1609
                                  Third Virginia Charter: March 12, 1612
                 The Virginia Company
                                  Records of the Virginia Company 1606-1626 from the Thomas Jefferson Papers
                                  An Ordinance and Constitution of the Virginia Company in England: July 24, 1621
                                  A Justification for Planting Virginia Before 1609
                                  Declaration on the State of Virginia June 22, 1620
                                  Instructions to Governor Sir Thomas Gates 1609
                                  Instructions to Sir Thomas Gates concerning the Natives May 1609
                                  Nova Britannia 1609
                                  On the Mortality Rate in Virginia 1620
                                “The New Life in Virginiea” 1612: Public relations campaign
                                  London Company Instructions to George Yeardley, 18 November 1618
                 Virginia General Assembly
                                  Laws Concerning religion 1619
                                  Virginia Records 1606-1737
                                  Laws from the First Session of Legislature 1619
                                  Laws and Documents Relating to Religion 1606-1670
                                  Laws Enacted by the General Assembly 1619
                                  Proceedings of the Virginia Assembly 1619
                                  The Tragical relation of the Virginia Assembly 1624
                                  The Discourse of the Old Company 1625
                 
                           

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