Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Kecoughtan Indian Village near Point Comfort
Jamestown.  Strict laws were passed prohibiting the master or owner of a ship from breaking bulk before his vessel came to anchor off Jamestown Island. The object was to put a stop to forestalling and engrossing commodities, especially because Virginians were so far removed from manufactured goods.  As early as 1617 Governor Argoll instructed the masters of all ships dropping anchor at Kecoughtan to refuse permission to their sailors to go on land or for the colonists to come on board, as the mariners, when allowed to have personal intercourse with the people, obtained an opportunity of disposing of the goods consigned to persons in Virginia who happened to have died before the arrival of the ship. Michael Wilcox, a planter, was fined because ht head gone on board of the Charlie while it was lying at anchor in the Jaes River and purchased 12 pds. of sugar.   Source: Randolh MSS, vol. III, pp. 140, 144; General Court Orders, April 3, 1627, Robinson Transcripts, p. 63

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