year sees the 400th anniversary of the first of two historical voyagers
by Suffolk explorer Bartholomew Gosnold, which BBC Radio Suffolk's
presenter David Webb will be following.
1602 he sailed westward to what was to become New England in his
built a fort on Cuttyhunk Island, and on July 4th this year an 'observance'
will be held there to mark that event, which David Webb will be
that journey which is well documented, Gosnold named Cape Cod and
Martha's Vineyard (after his infant daughter who died and is buried
in the Great churchyard in Bury St Edmunds).
years later in 1607, he returned on the ship Godspeed and was instrumental
in establishing the first permanent English settlement in North
America at Jamestown in Virginia.
Jamestown - The original site
on the picture of the original Jamestown site,
for a larger version »
Jamestown became the first real English colony and eventually led
to the creation of the United States of America.
Historians acknowledge that if it had not been for Gosnold then
almost certainly the USA would have become Spanish territory.
Gosnold was born in Suffolk, lived in Bury St Edmunds and his family
seat was at Otley Hall, near Ipswich. This is beautifully preserved
from Elizabethan times.
The present-day owner, Nicholas Hagger, paints a vivid picture of
great discussions of explorations being held beside the huge fireplace
that can still be seen there.
to see an interactive map of David Webbs journey when he
reaches Cape Cod and Cuttyhunk Island.
(requires the Flash