A Discovery of the Barmudas (1610)

A Discovery of the Barmudas (1610)

A Discovery of the Barmudas (1610)

A Discovery of the Barmudas (1610)

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The first attempt to establish an English settlement in Virginia having failed. a more determined effort was initiated in 1609. For the new "Virginia Company" a highly favorable charter was secured from King James, and at once a campaign launched to raise the needed funds and enlist volunteers for the proposed expedition. Inspired writers issued pamphlets describing in glowing terms the riches of Virginia and the advantages that would accrue to England from a political conquest of North America; ministers of the gospel, from pulpit and press, earnestly urged the Christian duty of carrying salvation to the benighted heathen and the desirability of extending the domain of Protestantism to the New World: the Lord Mayor of London busied himself with soliciting gifts; the fifty-six Livery Companies made generous contributions; and books were opened in the city for subscription by those who wished to invest money in the enterprise as a business speculation. The response of the public was instant and enthusiastic. Even before the charter was sealed it was able to list as "adventurers" in the Company 21 peers, 96 knights, 53 captains, 28 esquires, and more than 400 others--professional men, tradesmen, and citizens from all walks of life.

That Shakespeare was deeply interested in this resolute effort to plant across the seas a New Britain . . .

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