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An inspiration for The Tempest

Malcolm Storry in The Tempest
Malcolm Storry in "The Tempest"
On June 2nd, a ship, the Sea Adventure, backed by a consortium including Sir Dudley Digges, sets sail for America. The ship encounters terrible storms, however, and, on the 24th, the ship is wrecked off the Bermudas. The survivors are able to return home in September, bursting with dramatic stories of the storm.

In the Autumn, Sir Dudley Digges, stepson of Shakespeare's friend Thomas Russell, visits Warwickshire and it is possible that his second hand telling of the tale, and a first hand account by William Strachey that Shakespeare might have read, partially inspires "The Tempest."

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