It’s a good thing that the early English settlers of America were hardy and stubborn, because they certainly didn’t have good timing.The settlers who established the Jamestown colony in Virginia is 1607 arrived during a historic drought, according to the records kept in tree rings, the worst in the area in 800 years.The recent documentary, Mr Morgan, whose enthusiasm and vigour belies his years, began planting his cotton plants, which ripen in September and October, 11 years ago, a year before a statue of Harriet Tubman, the famed campaigner and slave abolitionist, was erected at the junction of 122nd Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard, near his garden plot.
, Howard Spero’s team compared the shells recovered from the Jamestown well—which they dated to 16—to shells from the same area today.
He does so to teach local children about a fundamental part of American history, the effects of which still ache like an open wound.
“I tell the kids about, tell them that the jeans they’re wearing come from cotton. “I give them the cotton and they can take it into their classes.” He added: “This is what slavery was about. They needed people to pick it…[That way] they know about the cotton, they know what their forefathers did.” The first slaves, seized from Africa, were brought to the new English colony of Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619.
Knobling's black Ford Ranger pickup truck was found at the refuge parking area next to the James River Bridge with the wipers and radio on and some articles of clothing inside.
Three days later, the two bodies were discovered by Knobling's father and a search party along the water's edge of the James River.