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6 > Page 6 of Address at the three hundredth anniversary of the settlement of Jamestown / by Hon. Thomas Nelson Page.

through more than half a century to make a breach in Spain's extensive defenses. A break had actually been made twenty- odd years before by a gallant and devoted band on Roanoke Island, some scores of leagues to the southward. But the as- sault had finally failed: the little band on Roanoke Island had disappeared into the mysterious limbo of Croatan, the vague land of Romance. It was this new band of settlers who on this May day, 1607, finally seized and permanently held the outpost, which was the key to the Continent, and led to the supremacy of the Saxon Race, with its Laws, its Religion, and its Civilization in North America. The account of the landing given at the time tells how, "After much and weary search with their barge coasting still before, (as Virgil writeth Aeneas did, arriving in the region of Italy called Latium, upon the bankes of the River Tyber) in the country of a Warrowance called Wowinchapuncha, (a ditionary to Powhatan) within this faire River of Paspiheigh, which we have called the King's River, they selected and ex- tended plaine and spot of earth which thrust out into the depth and middest of the channel, making a kinde of Chesonesus or Peninsula. The Trumpets sounding, the Admirall strooke saile and before the same the rest of the Fleete came to an ancor, and here to loose no further time the Colony disimbarked, and every man brought his particular store and furniture together with the general provision ashore." And there- upon, "a certain canton and quantity of that little half Island of ground was measured which they began to fortifie, and thereon in the name of God to raise a Fortresse with the ablest and speediest meanes they could." Except the historical student, no one knows what the earliest settlers and their immediate successors had to face. Death was nothing to those men. It was a mere incident of the life, as it is today of the soldier's in the field. It was the torture of the savage; the stake and the rack of the Spaniard; "the arrow that flyeth by day and the pestilence that walketh in darkness"-all these they found. Of the one hundred and 6