Sunday, October 31, 2010

After Effects of 1622 Massacre

After the 1622 massacre of the Virginia peninsula, George Sandys, in a letter to a member of the Council in 1623, expressed the opinion that the only advantage which resulted from the massacre was that it had compelled the planters to draw into narrower limits and to live more closely together. The undressed logs used on the first homes would be replaced with framed dwellings. Governor Butler, who visted Jamestown after the massacre, declared in his pamphlet "Virginia Unmasked" that the houses of the people were the "worst in the world" and that the most wretched cottages in England were equal, if not superior, in appearance and comfort, to the finest dwellings of the colony. Source: Neill's Virginia Vetusta, page 124.

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