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Life IS history in the making. Every word we say, everything we do becomes history the moment it is said or done. Life void of memories leaves nothing but emptiness. For those who might consider history boring, think again: It is who we are, what we do and why we are here. We are certainly individuals in our thoughts and deeds but we all germinated from seeds planted long, long ago.

Friday, May 13, 2016

America: Land of Enchantment

Today's History Lesson

Two dates are recorded @history.com (This Day in History and Jamestown Colony) for the founding of Jamestown. Regardless of the conflict of dates the settling of Jamestown, Virginia marks the first permanent settlement in North America. Three ships crossed the Atlantic, the Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery carrying roughly 100 colonistsmen and boys, no women were on the first ships.

This Day in History: May 13 (14?), 1607

And, this was only the beginning...

Reenactment of the first landing on the 400th anniversary
as part of the Jamestown 2007 commemoration
Source: en.wikipedia.org
Enchanted Land

Encountering land after many weeks at sea embraced an enchanting site!
The spirit of European exploration exalted its presence
in the most significant landing in our nation’s founding:
Jamestown, Virginia, 1607.

Visions of enchantment
Transcended from shore to shore
Awakening sleepy thoughts
Of adventures o’er and o’er
Seekers and adventurers
Left families, loved ones behind
Marking the end of one era
A new beginning for mankind
What was it they heartily sought
Across the raging perilous sea?
Was it peace and tranquility
Or simply a new life meant to be?
Ferocious winds, hostile seas
Crushed the hull and tore at the sails
With strength, determination
Safe passage did at last prevail
 “Land ahoy!” echoed loudly
Along the horizon’s thin line
The journey to the new world
Ended as hands firmly entwined
 Ailing men, fathers and sons
Lined the deck toward their utopia
“Look at such magnificence
The land of enchantment—America!

©2013 Awakenings
Sharla Lee Shults

"The Far East has its Mecca, Palestine its Jerusalem, France its Lourdes, and Italy its Loreto, but America's only shrines are her altars of patriotism - the first and most potent being Jamestown, the sire of Virginia, and Virginia, the mother of this great Republic."
-- from a 1907 Virginia guidebook

By the 1750s the land was owned and heavily cultivated, primarily by the Travis and Ambler families. A military post was located on the island during the American Revolution, and American and British prisoners were exchanged there. In 1861 the island was occupied by Confederate soldiers who built an earth fort near the church as part of the defense system to block the Union advance up the James River. Little further attention was paid to Jamestown until preservation was undertaken in the twentieth century.
Source: en.wikipedia.org

America: Enchanting, Beautiful and Free


  Oh, beautiful for heroes proved. . .


America - a symbol of freedom! 

 "We need an America with the wisdom of experience.
But we must not let America grow old in spirit."
- Hubert H. Humphrey

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