Gaby Burwell WillIamsburg trip 2017 - TyLer BogliTZ

Day 1: Tuesday in Jamestown

Powhatan canoes and the ash in them. The shells are used to clear the ash off the canoes.

Item - Shells: Powhatan used shells to scoop the ash of out their canoes, as shells proved to be the most efficient in clearing the ash out. Since Powhatans didn't have any technology (at least not the kind we used today), this was the best they could come up with. Though most modern Americans would laugh at this idea, the shells surprisingly worked well. They didn't work as well as items and supplies we have today, but they were still effective.

Kind of bed that covered the whole floor and two people usually slept in one

Exhibit - Susan Constant (Bottom): The English used the Susan Constant to house MANY passengers, or rather they used the bottom deck of the ship (when it was stormy). While it was raining heavily or thundering, the sailors stayed up top and the passengers stayed below. It was very crowded, and (told to me by the person explaining the ship) probably two people stayed in one bed every day. The beds also covered a lot of space on the floor, so there probably wasn't even a lot of walking room with the amount of space they all took up. I say this as on all three settling ships, there were 105 passengers in total, and as the Susan Constant was the biggest ship, it makes sense to think it housed most of the people.

Switch to first-person persona

Day 2: Wednesday in Williamsburg - Shop

(Blacksmith) (I forgot to get three pictures)

Blacksmith: It's been a a few weeks since I last saw my name in the papers. I may not be able to read much, but I've at least taught myself to read my name, which I'm pretty darn proud of myself for. As I walked through town carefully, I noticed what looked like a blacksmith shop. If I ever got a house (prob'ly not a big chance of doing it), I would be working and supplying myself, which meant that I would need tools, a rake maybe, for the soil. I needed to see what kind of supplies the blacksmith had. The blacksmith had so many tools. Some I had used, some I had never seen before. As I walked up to the owner, I wasn't sure the man would believe me if I told him I was free, so when I talked up to him, I said that my master wanted to check if any rakes were in stock. The idea almost had me throwin' up. I never wanted to be reminded of my master or me being trapped ever again. This was a new life. Managin' to keep a straight face, I listened as the man said that they did have some, and watched as he showed them to me. I squirmed looking at the rakes, they brought back very bad memories. Not feelin' very well, I told the shop owner I would report back to my master and left the shop rather fast.

Day 2: Thursday in Williamsburg - Home

Dunmore Palace - Picture 1: Dunmore Palace from the outside | Pictures 2, 3 and 4: Bedrooms

I still remember when I was a slave. I try not to, but sometimes I can't help it. I remember doing the very hard work, being hurt by my master...I even like running better than that. One of the things I remember was when I was sometimes sent to fetch things for my master. They were the times where I actually had fun, and could do my chores in peace. There were no complaints from my master, no threats...and I got to look at the shops and houses as I walked by. Some houses were very nice, that looked even better than my master's house; some were in very poor condition. One I liked a lot was the Dunmore palace, which I didn't have much chance to see. When I risked looking inside, however (I didn't listen to my master very well), I was very impressed. The outside of the palace was already amazing. It was huge and fancy-looking. But the inside was even better. The parlor was big, and the bedrooms were designed very well. Everything was so fancy, including the beds, which seemed very big and comfy. Too bad I never got the chance to go inside...

NOTES: I tried not to use extensive vocabulary because my character probably wouldn't have known many sophisticated words. For example, where I said "I remember doing the very hard work," I had originally put "backbreaking work." Also, if there wasn't enough information, I'm sorry, but as a first person narrative, my view as a slave/escaped slave wouldn't allow me much.


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