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Even with their fear of guns and cannon, the Indians appear to have had enough warriors to undertake the task in the early days. The most obvious answer is that the Indians never were organized well enough to mount a sustained attack. ” Although the Virginia Indians were masters of infiltration and hit-and-run tactics, they were not able to carry out the long-term siege necessary to reduce a fortified town to ruins. Moreover, intertribal warfare, especially Introduction around the falls of the James and the Rappahannock with the Monacan and Manahoac tribes, did not allow Powhatan the luxury of concentrating his forces in one place.

A new charter, drafted by Sir Edwin Sandys, vested “full and absolute” power in the company. The royal council was dissolved, replaced by a new council elected by the stockholders and headed by a treasurer. In Virginia, there would be a resident governor with absolute authority, with the councilors reduced to being the governor’s advisors. James accepted the colony as having been “founded” and enlarged its bounds to cover an area 200 miles north and south of Point Comfort, running west and northwest from sea to sea.

Virginia must not be abandoned to the Spanish. The company officers, their flagging spirits bolstered, raised another £18,000 in stock subscriptions, principally from national-minded gentry. Incredibly, another 600 Englishmen volunteered as settlers. In March 1611, Sir Thomas Dale sailed from London with 300 well-equipped colonists, soldiers, and skilled craftsmen. Unfortunately, many were the usual motley sorts of earlier years. In May, Gates sailed with another 300 plus three ships full of livestock, fowl, and seed grain.

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