Sunday marks the end of the first week of journey one for the Chesapeake semester. This journey is about the history and the people that have been in the Chesapeake bay aera since before the Europeans discovered and colonized North America.
We started with camping at Chino farms in Chesterton Maryland; we had previously been there during our orientation week, however going this time was very different. As soon as we stepped off the van we were back in time, back to before this land was mapped by Captain John Smith or any of the adventures that came with him even arrived, as soon as we stepped back in time it was about survival. In order to eat we had to to spend the whole day foraging in order to find our food. I took a total of seven hours from when we started to when we ate, but we ended up with a great meal that we found from start to finish.
After camping we headed down south to Virginia. After checking into our hotel in Williamsburg we took the twenty minute drive down to Jamestown island inorder to visit the original site of the Jamestown settlement that was founded on May 4th, 1607. After seeing the active archeological dig site and standing where the original Jamestown fort stood I discovered a new apritiation for the history books that I have been reading my entire educational career. We spent one day at Jamestown then we moved froward in time to Colonial Williamsburg. We spent two days in Colonial Williamsburg and learned much about the way that life was like in pre-revolutaionary wartime. However, after spending the past week learning about the history of our nation I have come to realize that when history is thought it is thought by keeping out the parts that people might find had to hear.
I have come to realize this through my expirence and my readings that I have done for this journey. One example that I have of this is Captian John Smith. When people here of Smith they think of the maps that he made and for Pochohaunts (who is the Indian who supposed saved his life by jumping on him at the last second). Often times however people do not talk about the dark times that Smith faced in his time in the new world . These dark times include the fact that his fellow settlers were about to hang him as soon as they went ashore (Montgomery, 1994). Another fact that is left out of history books is that Pochohaunts was only 13 when the two of them met (Montgomery,1994). The fact that many things get left out of history is not only only apparent in 1607 it is everywhere. I just spent two days in Colonial Williamsburg and in that time I have heard stories about how everyone has come together to stand against the British and many great things about the time period, but one thing I did not hear much about is slavery. Everyone knows about slavery but it is a hard thing to talk about and when asked about the darker history of our country the actors at Colonial Williams burg seem to try to change the subject as to not want to offend anyone around. While it is obvious why people don’t want to talk about things like this, if people who are trying to learn history do not get the full picture, then what is the point of trying to learn in the first place?
Montgomery, Dennis. Captian John Smith. Vol. 16. N.p.: n.p., 1994. N. pag. Print. Ser. 3.