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The Life and Culture of the Indigenous Chesapeake
Saturday, November 3 2012 at 10:00 AM

". . . my capture and the extraordinary occurrences:" Don Diego De Molina, Captive and Spy
Sunday, November 11 2012 at 11:30 AM

The Life and Culture of the Indigenous Chesapeake
Saturday, November 3 2012 at 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
In commemoration of American Indian Heritage Month, guests explore the material culture and life ways of the Tidewater Algonquians at the Historic Jamestowne.

Throughout the day, Daniel Abbott, a Nanticoke descendant from the Eastern Shore, provides demonstrations and discussions of tool making, domestic skills, and native flora and fauna. Abbott is an educator, researcher and artisan focused on study of the indigenous peoples of the mid-Atlantic.

Melanie Hagan, a veteran interpreter of the Algonquian Chesapeake, sets the stage with a historical perspective of Virginia’s earliest female inhabitants at the Archaearium during the day-long event. She will share her perspectives of daily life for women related to their work, relationships and perspectives of the worlds in which they lived.

At 2 pm, visitors are invited to attend Pocahontas and the Powhatan Nation, a family-friendly program that explore the culture of the Powhatan and the various roles played by women, men, and children in their society through the use of hands-on reproductions. This program is presented by the staff of the Virginia Historical Society.
Price:
This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne
Contact:
757-229-4997 or www.historicjamestowne.org


". . . my capture and the extraordinary occurrences:" Don Diego De Molina, Captive and Spy
Sunday, November 11 2012 at 11:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, after his capture near a Virginia Fort in 1611. He will be allowed an interview during the 30 minute program with those wishing to meet him but beware – he is alleged to be a Spanish spy! Interviews will be held in the Jamestown Memorial Church at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30, and 3 p.m.

In June 1611, a Spanish warship anchored near the English Fort Algernon at Point Comfort near the mouth of the James River. When Don Diego De Molina and two of his crew stepped ashore, they were surrounded by 50 Englishmen and marched off as prisoners.Peace was settled between England and Spain just before the founding of Jamestown in 1607 — but Spanish spies kept a close eye on the settlement and its threat to a century of Spanish rule in the Americas. Governor Thomas Dale worried that Molina was sent ahead to scout the Virginia coast for a Spanish attack fleet yet to come — "What may be the danger of this unto us who are here so few, so weake and unfortified," Dale wrote.

Under close arrest at James Fort, Molina quickly learned how desperate the conditions were the Englishmen "held captives by their masters." Some of the details we know today about life in the fort come from reports Molina smuggled out of the colony and back to Spain. Will Molina convince the English servants to rebel? Will he be hung as a spy by the English or rescued by the Spanish? Learn about this Spanish captive and his experience at James Fort.
Price:
This program is included in the regular admission of $10 for visitors 16 years of age and older. Children 15 and under are free.
Contact:
757-229-4997 or www.historicjamestowne.org


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