The Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn fifth grader, a student of Nancy Parrott, showed imagination, writing skills and a patriotic sense of American history in his essay written on this year's topic, which was the settlement of Jamestown.
Hunter won a local first place award in the DAR's American History Essay contest and then earned a first place in the district and was recently awarded first place in the state.
Hunter wrote his essay in the form of a letter written from the Virginia colony.
November 20, 1607
Dear Cousin Edward,
How are you? I am doing great, I hope you and all of our family are well. It seems like so long ago that I set sail with the Virginia Company to settle the Chesapeake area in North America.
We set sail in December of 1606 and landed on Jamestown Island on May 14, 1607. We set up camp on the banks of the James River 60 miles from the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. We chose an area to build the fort away from the channel, where Spanish ships could not fire at us.
Our first month here was spent frantically putting up the fort in between attacks by the Algonquian natives. We have continued building, adding a storehouse, church and several houses. Everything is surrounded by the triangle of walls of the fort.
At times my fellow 107 settlers have struggled. Several gentlemen did not realize how hard they were going to have to work here. Some even felt that they were too good to help with all of the work. My carpentry skills have been very helpful.
It has been very hard losing some of my friends on this dangerous journey. I have lost friends during the continuous attacks by the Algonquian natives. Several friends have lost their lives to disease and famine. Our supplies are low and men are starving. We have been able to make some friendly trades with the Powhatan Indians. When we have been desperate for food and supplies, they have traded food for copper and iron implements. We were so thankful,
I am proud to be part of this important journey. We continue to hope to be able to find gold to send back to England. Hopefully, we will be able to establish a water route to the Orient. We are still trying to meet all of our goals for this journey.
Please send news of you and our family. Talk to you later.