Friday, December 19, 2008

Voyage of Destiny

Today marks a forgotten anniversary, and one rather appropriate to its Sagittarius Sun. Sagittarius connects to long distance travel and adventure. In the year 1606, on this day, Sagittarius' ruler Jupiter lay at 28 Aquarius conjunct Mars in the first degree of Pisces - nicely symbolic of the New World (Uranus) a tough (Mars) journey by sea (Pisces).

On December 19, 1606, Captain Christopher Newport sailed from London, England, hired by the Virginia Company to transport colonists from England to America, the first would-be settlers. He commanded three small ships, the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery, carrying the Jamestown, Virginia settlers, including Capt. John Smith. Jamestown was founded on May 14, 1607, by this small group of English settlers. Newport left the 104 settlers in June 22, 1607, sailing back to England for supplies. That winter, most of the Jamestown settlers died from starvation, attacks, and disease. In 1608, back in Virginia, Newport halted the execution of Captain John Smith (the Jamestown leader who had been accused of causing the deaths of the men on his expedition to obtain food from the Indians); Smith's life had been previously saved by Pocahontas when he was brought before the Indian Chief Powhatan.

Information from Wikipedia and Explorers @ Enchanted Learning

Replicas of the Susan Constant and her sister ships, the Godspeed and the Discovery, are docked in the James River at Jamestown Settlement (formerly Jamestown Festival Park), adjacent to Historic Jamestowne.


jude cowell said...

A fascinating post!

Wisewebwoman said...

I always learn something here, T. thanks.
Love the ship's names, BTW.

anthonynorth said...

An excellent post. I remember seeing a documentary about those deaths not long ago. Intriguing.

Twilight said...

Jude, WWW, and AN~~~

Hi and thanks for visiting. Stories of the early settlers fill me with awe - how on earth they even withstood that sea voyage of months is a mystery to me. They were certainly made of tough stuff!