Richard Rich

(fl. c. 1600—1620) adventurer and author

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(fl.1609–10), English soldier, sailed for Virginia on the Sea Adventure, when it accompanied Somers's fleet (June 1609). He witnessed the severe storm that drove the ship on the rocks off St. George's Island in the Bermudas, and participated in the near-abandonment of the Virginia colony (June 1610). He arrived in England (Sept. 1610) with Gates, and published his Newes from Virginia, a ballad based on these experiences. The work contains information regarding the settlement in Virginia and was probably influential in the sailing of two further fleets the following year. It may have suggested scenes in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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