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This conjectural sketch by artist Sydney King brings the bustling 17th-century port city of Jamestown to life.

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The Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery were the settlers’ only link with home. In his Observations, George Percy was relieved to report “our shippes do lie so neere the shoare that they are moored to the Trees in six fathom [i.e. 36 feet] [of] water”. By mid-century, Jamestown would become a bustling port city; one observer counted 30 ships docked there in 1648.


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