By Hobson Woodward
A gripping story of shipwreck and survival that modified the destiny of the colonies and enriched our literary legacy.
In 1609, aspiring author William Strachey set sail aboard the Sea Venture, certain for the hot global. stuck in a typhoon, the send separated from its fleet and wrecked on uninhabited Bermuda, a bountiful island paradise its passengers might inhabit for almost a yr sooner than attaining their meant vacation spot, the famine-stricken colony of Jamestown. Strachey's meticulous account of the destroy, the castaways' time on Bermuda, and their arrival in a devastated Jamestown used to be learn via his contemporaries and continues to be one of the such a lot vibrant writings of the early colonial interval. Following the lifetime of this traditional guy, Hobson Woodward tells one of many missed yet defining tales of America's founding.
Strachey had literary aspirations and sought to capitalize on his epic event, yet his writings didn't deliver him the acclaim he sought. in simple terms within the fingers of another William might his story of the destroy and its aftermath make background as The Tempest. A courageous Vessel is the attention-grabbing account of a near-miss within the settling of Virginia, the real tale in the back of certainly one of Shakespeare's nice performs, and the tragedy of the guy who failed as an writer yet who contributed to the construction of a masterpiece.
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