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Alexander Spotswood Portrait of a Governor
Alexander Spotswood Portrait of a Governor Author:Walter Havighurst A Spanish cannonball, fired at the British during the battle of Blenhiem in Queen Anne's war, came within inches of changing the course of history and colonial Virginia. Had a shot hit him squarely instead of a glancing blow, Colonel Alexander Spotswood would have died on the field of battle, and the Royal province of Virginia never would have k... more »nown this renowned, distinguish soldier-governor.
Colorful, ambitious, and resolute, lieutenant governor Spotswood was a man who generated legends. He strengthened Virginia's defences, building forts and patrolling armed rangers along it's turbulent frontier. He let his "knights of the Golden horseshoe" on an expedition that opened up the lands beyond the hazy blue ridge mountains. His seaman cornered the infamous pirate Blackbeard in the shallows of North Carolina's Ocracoke Island and returned to Virginia with the Buccaneer's bearded head hanging from their bowsprit. He settled German immigrants in the Rappahannock Valley to establish their Virginia's iron industry. He carved his own vast estate from the wilderness and settled there after he left the governorship.
During his 12 years as governor Alexander Spotswood made a permanent mark on the colony he administered and I'm Williamsburg, it's capital. A mathematician and immature architect, he contributed largely to the town plan of Williamsburg as we see it today and designed several of its public buildings. His letters bespeak his ambition, self-confidence, and strength of will, his attitude toward colleagues and constituents. And through these letters gleam qualities of fervor, candor and energy, along with a keen and broad intelligence. Nothing distressed or distracted him,, And no matter left him in different; he took note of everything. Alexander Spotswood was always interested. He is always interesting.« less