The rugged tale of the fortunes of the first English settlers in America, the story of Roanoke and Jamestown and of Indian fighting, ships and shipwrecks, and brave men. Destruction, reinforcements, plenty, and again, starvation, Indian raids, dissension, fever and cold,--all mark the Virginia story from the tragic and mysterious end of the Roanoke colony to the formation of the House of Burgesses. The Pocahontas-Captain John Smith episode is solemnly highlighted here in spite of the fact that the legend of the famous Indian girl who saved the Smith head from pulverization may have existed only in Smith's noble imagination. However, this romantic filip is hardly out of tune with the story of the courageous and dramatic fight of the Jamestown men to cling to their lives and their land. A careful reconstruction in tight, sturdy prose.