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July 06, 2006


Kim E

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The rigorously researched book "John Smith's Chesapeake Voyages 1607-1609" by Helen C. Rountree, Wayne E. Clark, and Kent Mounford recounts the incident from John Smith's own journals/"General Histories" and from the works of Smith scholar Edward Wright Haile.

As far as the cure to the poison, "Voyages" simply recounts the following "But Dr. Russell probed the wound and applied "a precious oil" (no description recorded), and eventually the swelling subsided."

As for the location, according to Smith's "General Histories" Smith was steering for the south side of the Rappahannock's mouth when the barge ran aground on a shoal. This would collaborate the Deltaville area, specifically "Stingray Point" (http://mapq.st/1hMsEli) said to be the modern name of the historic "Stingray Ile."

That said, John Page Williams' "Chesapeake" states that he was steering for the south side "but miscalculated the tide and ran...aground on a shoal." Could the tide have forced him back to Fleets Island? I'm not a mariner so I couldn't say, but it's a thought.

Gwynns is at the mouth of the Piankatank, so seems less likely from Smith's descriptions.

He did map Antipoison Creek, but that seems to have been prior to the incident in question, as were Windmill Point and Mosquito Creek, all on the north side of the Rappahannock.


do you have any facts to document the claim that John Smith and the antipoison creek legend isn't real? from the article it seems mostly a conjecture based on second hand information from people in deltaville who want to keep the idea of deltaville as the central location of the happening in deltaville? Couldn't "the island" be Fleets Island rather than Gwynns Island which would make the antipoison part of the story more plausible due to location?

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