|Smiths Island from near Vaughan's Bay - the Plough sailed this channel a little after noon on July 11, 1612|
For a few weeks, Smiths Island was home to Bermuda's entire population while the ambergris near-civil war raged and was won by Governor Moore. The Plough settlers set to work building houses and a town - probably on the high ground above The Narrows - before Moore chose to relocate his base of operations north across the harbour to where St. George's grew up as his town and capital. Maybe a future field season can hunt for this brief town site by The Narrows...
I spent this historic day in St. George's washing artifacts in the archaeology lab and licking my many wounds from yesterday's Epic Journey to the eastern tip of Smiths Island - a story for tomorrow's blog.
The real commemorations will all take place this weekend - all of St. George's many fine museums are open - most with free admission, and I'll be giving two talks on "Earliest Bermuda, 1612-1625" at 11 am and 2:30 pm at the World Heritage Center. On Sunday, we've secured a boat to shuttle the public to see Oven Site and CHB Site at Smiths Island, after which the hard work of filling in the units we dug will begin.
For more information and a schedule of the various commemoration events, check out:
And happy birthday, Bermuda! If only we'd thought to bake a huge Bermuda-shaped cake and top it with 400 candles...