Ring Belonging to Shakespeare's Friend, William Strachey, Found at Jamestown
Historic Jamestowne, Jamestown, Virginia
Content Description: This ring bears the crest of the Strachey family and was found in the southeastern bulwark of James Fort. William Strachey, Secretary of the Colony in 1610, was shipwrecked on Bermuda during his voyage to Jamestown. He eventually made it to the settlement and his accounts of the colony have been invaluable to Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists. Strachey's account of the storm that destroyed his ship, "The Sea Venture" made it back to England and was widely read. William Shakespeare very likely drew from Strachey's account while writing his play "The Tempest."