New Beginnings: A New Home

New Beginnings: A New Home

by Mark Edward Jones


Publisher Mark E Jones

Published in Literature & Fiction/Historical, Children & Teens (Young Adult), Literature & Fiction

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Book Description

America’s first populist rebellion sweeps a young apprentice from England into a maelstrom in seventeenth-century Virginia. A long voyage across the Atlantic ends shipwrecked on the North Carolina coast and a difficult overland journey to Jamestown. Here the men begin the backbreaking work of tobacco farming in a formidable frontier surrounded by native tribes. They right away become acquainted with the Royal Governor's corrupt administration and the brewing revolt among the colonists resentful of the favoritism and dishonesty threatening the colony’s existence.

Sample Chapter

"Gentlemen, come in," Captain Utrecht offered after the initial knock on his door. Alton Dix and his associates entered and crowded around the table used by Utrecht as a desk. The dirty dishes left over from his evening meal covered his maps and ship’s log. Cromwell at once noticed Utrecht's forced smile and combed gray mane, both unusual accessories to his normal appearance. First Mate Trixt reeked of alcohol, Cromwell guessed he must sweat rum, and his black, stringy hair seemed to ooze the grease accumulated from an unknown number of days of no baths.

Alton Dix wasted no time in expressing the reason for the requested meeting. "Captain Utrecht, as spokesman for the group of gentlemen in your presence who are in turn representing all the passengers, we demand to know the status of our voyage. That is, our whereabouts, our present course and our anticipated arrival date in Virginia."

"You fools can't demand nuthin' from the Captain!" yelled Trixt.

"Silence, Mr. Trixt!" Utrecht barked. "I will deal with these, uh, demands in my own manner. Now briefly, Mister Dix, we are in the Atlantic Ocean near the North American coast and our destination remains Virginia, which we shall reach some point in the near future."

"Captain Utrecht," said Montgomery. "I have lost my young son and wife on this voyage. Mr. Breathered here lost his new wife a fortnight ago. By my own count, there are only fifty-nine passengers remaining of the original one hundred and two. I also know at least four of your crew have died since leaving Bristol and at least three-fourths of our animals have died or been butchered. How much longer must we suffer?"

"If we knew a precise time, I am sure we would tell you," McFinney offered.

"Damn you, McFinney, I can speak for myself!" Utrecht shouted. "Montgomery, the length of your or your family's suffering is of no consequence to me! My partners and me have already received our payment for this voyage. The number of you actually reaching Virginia is in God's hands, not mine."

"You bloody old seahorse!" shouted Dix. "When in the devil are we going to reach Virginia? Can't you simply answer that question? Are you such a poor sailor together with this scurvy, flea-bitten crew that you can't tell us where you are or are you completely lost?" Trixt lunged for Dix and with one slight shove knocked the little man to the floor. Campbell and Rogers grabbed Trixt by each arm and tossed him against the wall.

"You stinking bunch of cattle!" Utrecht shouted, drawing his dagger. "Your condition, much less your demands, is of little concern to me. Whether you all bloody die or I dump you off in Virginia cannot come soon enough. The faster I return to Bristol, the sooner I can reap more profits from another godforsaken cruise. Now all of you get your filth out of my quarters before I slit your bloody collective throats!"

"Time to go!” Cromwell ordered. Dix's position on the floor had quieted temporarily his ever-moving mouth. The six men escaped the Captain's quarters and hurriedly went back down into the hold before Utrecht changed his mind and pursued them. Trying not to disturb the other passengers, the men isolated themselves in the lower chamber of the hold near the rusting chains lying nearby.

"How does one deal with men who are nothing more than murderers?" asked Breathered. "Another confrontation such as that and they will kill us all."

"That will be inevitable unless we reach Virginia soon," Dix commented, still shaking with anger.

"I'm afraid I agree with Mr. Dix for once," said Cromwell. "I suggest any future plans we have for speaking with the Captain include all the healthy male passengers on board the Oranje."

"We will begin planning tomorrow," Montgomery said.

"Yes, but be guarded with your words," Rogers warned. "One can never anticipate when the wrong ears may be hearing your conversation."


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Mark Edward Jones

Mark Edward Jones

Mark Edward Jones is a life-long resident of Oklahoma and a retired administrator in higher education. Writing began many years ago, but only recently with the advent of Kindle and other eBook applications did publishing become a reality. Initial interests in genealogy, history, and fiction led to exploration of stories to go with the names of those coming to America over the last four hundred years.

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