|BC305||The Abolition of the Slave Trade, unsigned||£25.00||Buy Now|
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Issue Date: 23/03/2007
Issue Name: The Abolition of the Slave Trade
Producer: Buckingham Covers
Even before the Pilgrim Fathers set off in the Mayflower, a settlement was established at Jamestown in 1607, the first American settlement. In 2007, the USA celebrated the 400th Anniversary with a new replica of the Godspeed, one of the three ships which carried the settlers. Our stunning cover features a painting of the original Godspeed by Mike Haywood, and has the full set of stamps along with a Blackwall, London postmark. It is available signed by Sir Chay Blyth, James Purefoy or George Kennedy.
400th anniversary of Jamestown, Virginia
In 1606, King Jame granted a charter to the Virginia Company of London enabling the private investors to establish a colony in North America.
At Blackwall stairs on a murky 19th December 1606, Captain John Smith, 105 colonists and 55 crew embarked on a seagoing voyage for opportunities in a new world. Their instructions were to settle in Virginia, find gold and a water route to th Orient. They had three ships, Susan Constant - led by Captain Christopher Newport, The Godspeed, and the Discovery.
The colonists were a quarrelsome lot and ill prepared for the task at hand. The gentry among them were loath to perform the work of farmers and craftsmen, hoping instead to find gold or a passage to the Pacific. They settled on the banks of the James River in 1607 and named their settlement Jamestown, which was the first permanent English setlement in the new world - 13 years before the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. The explorers landed on Jamestown Island on the banks of the James River on May 14th 1607.
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Sir Charles Blyth, CBE, BEM, known as Chay Blyth, is a Scottish yachtsman and rower. He was the first person to sail single-handed non-stop westwards around the world, on a 59-foot boat called British Steel.
James Brian Mark Purefoy is an English actor, producer and director. He played Mark Antony in the HBO series Rome, former college professor-turned-serial-killer Joe Carroll in the series The Following.
George Harris Kennedy Jr. was an American actor who appeared in more than 200 film and television productions.