The First European Explorers of America 1570

The Spanish had explored and navigated the Virginia waterways decades before the English established their first permanent settlement at Jamestown.  In a letter dated September 12, 1570 the Spanish in Virginia reported to headquarters in Havana, detailing their voyage from Florida and the scenario in Virginia.  At this time, the Virginia territory had experienced several years of drought, and the Spanish wrote of the dire effects on the Native Americans whom they met. The explorers asked for shipments of corn to be sent from Havana, so that they could give seeds to the Native Americans to farm in the upcoming season. The contents of the letter is available at VirtualJamestown.org. Image of Spanish coin unearthed at Jameston, Virginia.

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