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Strachey's A Dictionarie of the Indian Language

Smith's Vocabulary of Indian words

Weroances and Their Tribes

English Observers

William Strachey' s Description of Critters in the Chesapeake Bay

Henry Spelman, Relation of Virginia, 1609


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Strachey's A Dictionarie of the Indian Language

Two men, John Smith and William Strachey, each compiled a list of words and phrases used by the Powhatan people in the early seventeenth century.

William Strachey

Was one of the 600 passengers to arrive at Jamestown in May 1610. He was appointed the scribe of the colony in 1610. His dictionary of the Algonquin language was the largest vocabulary ever collected and was compiled in 1612 - A DICTIONARIE of the INDIAN LANGUAGE as collected by WILLIAM STRACHEY, GENT found in The HISTORIE OF TRAVAILE INTO VIRGINIA BRITANNIA ESPRESSING THE COSMOGRAPHIE AND COMODITIES OF THE COUNTRY, TOGITHER WITH THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMES OF THE PEOPLE GATHERED AND OBSERVED AS WLL BY THOSE WHO WENT FIRST THITHER AS COLLECTED BY WILLIAM STRAVHEY, GENT., THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE COLONY first edited from the original manuscript, in the British Museum by R.H. Major, Esq., of the British Museum

He left Virginia for England in the early fall of 1611.

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