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The Hope of Jamestown

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The Hope of Jamestown

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Painted by John Gadsby Chapman more than 230 years after English settlers first landed in Jamestown, this oil painting of that first landing is an idealized depiction, showing American Indians standing idly by, apparantly accepting the arrival of their new neighbors.

There are no records describing the Indians' thoughts regarding the newly-arrived English settlers; however, it is known that on the very day that the settlers first landed on Virginia's Cape Henry, a band of Indians drove between twenty and thirty back to their ships. And within two weeks of Jamestown's establishment, about 200 Indian warriors attacked the settlement.

Image Credit: Virginia Musuem of Fine Arts

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