A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588)

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A Brief and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia (1588)
Thomas Hariot∗ Paul Royster , editor†

∗ † University of Nebraska-Lincoln, proyster@unl.edu This paper is posted at DigitalCommons@University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

http://digitalcommons.unl.edu/etas/20

T H O M A S H A R IO T A
B R I E F E A N D T RU E R E P ORT OF T H E N E W F O U N D L A N D OF

A note on the orthography: In the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, English printers and typesetters used the “u” and “v” interchangeably to represent either sound (thus, “euer” for “ever,” “vse” for “use,” etc.), and the “i” was used both for “i” and “j”. Vowels were occasionally printed with either a macron (¯) or a tilde (˜) to indicate a following (implied) nasal “n” or “m” (thus “coutry” for “country” or “the ” ¯ ˜ for “them”). These features of Thomas Hariot’s original edition are preserved in this electronic text.

V I RG I N I A

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This is an online electronic text edition of the first book published by an English colonist in America. Its author, Thomas Hariot or Harriot, was a cartographer, mathematician, astronomer, linguist, and philosopher, who was a participant in Sir Walter Ralegh’s first attempt to establish a colony in “Virginia,” on Roanoke Island in modern-day North Carolina, from June 1585 until June 1586. Hariot had learned the rudiments of the Algonkian language from two natives brought back to England from an earlier exploratory voyage, and he served as interpreter and liaison with the native peoples of the surrounding region. His Brief and True Report focuses largely upon the native inhabitants, giving much valuable information on their food sources, agricultural methods, living arrangements, political organization, and religion. Published in 1588, with Ralegh’s support, to help incite both investment and settlement,



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