|The Establisher: The Story of Sir Thomas Dale
by D. Dewey Scarboro,
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The Establisher is a study of the career of Sir Thomas Dale, a soldier of the late 16th and early 17th centuries who served England in the United Netherlands against Spain, who was one of the prominent men in the foundation of the Jamestown Colony, and who served the English East India Company as Admiral in the East Indies.
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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Dewey Scarboro is a native of Georgia, born in Atlanta in 1924. U.S. Naval service from 1943 to 1946, with cruises in and out of Chesapeake Bay, induced an interest in colonial America which was to influence his university studies in history. In 1953 he was graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. degree in European history. In 1956 began working towards a Master degree in English history at Emory University, where he presented a thesis on the career of Sir Thomas Dale. His research included an examination of the colonial records of the Jamestown Colony which are preserved at the Virginia State Library in Richmond, Virginia. It was then that he first encountered the portrait of Sir Thomas Dale which is in the possession of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
From 1956 until 1970 he was a member of the faculty of Sullins College, in Bristol, Virginia, where he taught History and Social Science. A sabbatical leave from teaching in 1967-68 allowed him to extend his research into Dale’s career during a year spent in England and The Netherlands. An affiliate membership in the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London enabled him to examine the records of the High Court of Admiralty and the Calendar of State Papers in the British Public Records Office, which helped to illuminate the activities of Sir Thomas Dale as Admiral of the English East India Company following his service in Virginia.
In 1970 Dewey Scarboro moved to England to pursue his career as a
teacher. He retired from teaching in 1981 and now resides in
Gloucestershire with his wife Gill.