April 1, 1608
We have loaded the ship! We are going to leave France today and everybody is ready to go. We will find thousands in gold and will be rich. John Smith, a famous explorer, is coming on our trip. This is going to be my best exploration yet. It took us an hour to complete the loading and finally we set sail. We are all so excited. We had a fancy meal today. The waves started to get bigger at about 10 oíclock and the winds were really fast. Everybody was scared. About an hour ago, the storm started to pass us by. It is 12 midnight right now. Everybody else Is asleep, but I was afraid that another storm would come. I know that things will be better when we get to the new world. We just have to take over the land, get rich and leave! Having John Smith on our trip Ė weíll for sure make it.
April 6, 1608
Ahoy! Me and my group have spotted land. It looks fabulous. Trees all over the place. We have been waiting so long. We are ready to search for gold. Radcliffe said there was lots of gold. We will wait a day before we go to land. Everybody is so excited. I am too! Iím going to be rich and famous! I will have to work a lot too because people have to have shelter and homes. I, Jaquez de Martel, am one of the best house builders around where I used to live. Iím sure I made the right decision to leave France. Exploring new lands and getting riches is my highest priority. I donít care for Radcliffe, the captain of this ship, because he is very bossy and harsh, but I will get used to it. He has First class and at least five servants, while we have to work on the ship all day long. Oh well.
April 10, 1608
We have found a good place to settle and Radcliffe did a ceremony to show it was our land. The settlement has marshy land which I donít like because of the mosquitoes and the Malaria disease. There is a river right next to us. I think we built our settlement here so we could get away from the Indians. We have met few Indians and I figure they are very curious about us, because I am very curious about those new dark skinned people.
There are lots of crop lands and enough food to last a long time. We have already started to look for gold. I think John Smith is mad about us digging for gold, but I have no clue why. I have been assigned four houses to build today. It feels like a ton of work.
We were attacked by a party of savages but the sound of the cannon scared them off. It was a rough and exciting day.
April 16, 1608
John Smith has met Indians and has made a friendly relation with Powhatan, their chief. John told me Powhatan only wanted guns from us, which they call Thunder. Radcliffe is giving anything to the Indians. I think that was a mistake. I think the Indians will attack us with the guns and swords. I told Radcliffe, but he seemed to ignore me. That go me mead, so I told John Smith and he said he thought the same thing.
At about noon about fifty Indians came and attacked our main fort. We tried to fire the cannon to scare them off, but they just kept attacking. An as I said, they did have the guns, swords, and muskets that Radcliffe gave them. John Smith was very mad at the attack. They had ruined five of my building I had just finished. I was really mad at Radcliffe.
We had stopped the Indians after about an hour. Radcliffe wanted war against the savages, but John didnít want to. I donít know why, but he thinks the savages are nice and good people, but almost everybody else thinks theyíre just mean savages.
April 20, 1608
It is cold and damp. Water is dangerous to drink. Everybody is starving. Today something strange happened. A meeting was called. Smith said, "If you donít work, you shall not eat!" People left the meeting all talking. Some people were saying stuff like, "Itís crazy!" and "Why?" I was surprised myself. Things changed a lot since he said that Work was being done. Awhile later I heard someone swear. I looked up and saw water down his sleeve. I walked over. John said "Thatís my other new rule." People were very mad at John Smith, but some people loved the rule. I was one of those people, because I had been working the whole time. There were some fights, but they were taken care of. Life is very harsh.
April 29, 1608
Life is getting worse and worse. People are eating anything they can. It is terrible. About noon, I heard the Indians captured John Smith. Some of our soldiers went to the Pohatan village because I heard today was when John Smith was going to die! I was allowed to go, so I did. When I got there, the savage Indians were just about to kill Smith. A young girl stepped in and covered John. Everybody stared in astonishment, especially when the chief let him go!
When John came back, he told us that the girl was Pocahontas, who was the chiefís favorite daughter. So that explained why John was let go.
Our food is scarce and the water is very dangerous to drink. The Indians are getting mad and annoyed at us. I am pretty afraid the Indians might make a full attack. I think everyone here at the settlement is scared.
May 4, 1608
The air is humid, the food is gone and there is no water. We are all starving. Captain Archer went outside earlier, and in less than a minute, five arrows had struck him. It is the worst time of my life. We heard a rumor that a man had eaten his wife. The word spread out quickly over the settlement. What kind of disgusting man would do that? Now dinner is rats, mice and any other rodent we can find. Why do people like me have to live like this?
It seems like every day is a month, and every week a year. Probably because we have to stay in the fort the whole time. The Indians have stole almost all of our guns, muskets and swords. We are down to about fifty people since starving time started. John Smith and Radcliffe are mad at the attack. This time, I think everybody is mad. We have barely any chance of winning since we donít have any armor, weapons or strength. Everybody is too hungry to fight. We are all weak.
May 10, 1608
Today a ship of people came to our settlement of Jamestown! Everybody is so happy because the ship brought food and supplies. The last person to get out of the ship was Captain Dale. He is a big man who looks mad and serious. After being in our settlement for a few hours he was making everybody work. He has made nasty rules, like if you swear three times, you will die, and if you donít work, you wont eat. He also cuts off peoples hands if they have done something wrong. I always hide when he comes close to me. I know Iím not doing anything wrong, but heíll probably find something wrong with me. I heard that the women had made the menís shirts too short, and were hanged. Thatís like me making a house too small and dying because of it! I have a feeling we will starve once again, because the ship brought so many people. The fool will run out very quickly. I hope Iím not the only one to think about this. Our supplies will run out quickly too.
May 16, 1608
Today is one of the best days of my life. We are packing to leave Jamestown. We donít really have to pack much, because we used it all or it was stolen by the Indians. I finally get to go back to France. Everybody is celebrating. Most people here are very mad that they didnít find gold, and they are also mad at Radcliffe because he was the one who said weíd find it! Soon we are going to leave.
It took about an hour to finish up the packing, and now we are on the ship. We are going to set sail soon.
May 20, 1608
We have set sail and are heading towards France. The winds are perfect, the waves are calm, and the weather is warm. We are probably about 4000 miles away from France. A few hours later the whether got a little worse and there was a little rain. The winds took us of course but after a long time we could see land. Everybody celebrated and then we landed. Everybody ran of the boat and went to there rich families.