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June 23, 2011

Intelligence from a Spanish Spy Risks Safety of James Fort

Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, discusses his capture near a Virginia Fort in 1611 during “‘…my capture and the extraordinary occurrences’: Don Diego de Molina, Captive and Spy” at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 25 in the church at Historic Jamestown on Jamestown Island.

While on site, guests can meet the Jamestown Rediscovery® archaeologists who will be on hand to provide information about the current fort excavations from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Children can also join in the fun hunting for coded clues around the fort. Once they reveal the secret message about Don Diego De Molina, they can claim a prize.

In June 1611, a Spanish warship anchored near the English Fort Algernon at Point Comfort near the mouth of the James River. When Don Diego De Molina and two of his crew stepped ashore, they were surrounded by 50 Englishmen and marched off as prisoners.

Peace was settled between England and Spain just before the founding of Jamestown in 1607 — but Spanish spies kept a close eye on the settlement and its threat to a century of Spanish rule in the Americas. Governor Thomas Dale worried that Molina was sent ahead to scout the Virginia coast for a Spanish attack fleet yet to come.

This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. All programs and demonstrations are included in the Colonial National Historical Park admission fee of $10 per adult (which includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield). Children under age 16 are admitted free. Federal Interagency Passes and Golden Age and Golden Access passports to the National Parks are accepted. Preservation Virginia members are also admitted free. For further information, call (757) 229-4997 or (757) 898-2410.

This program is presented jointly by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and Historic Jamestowne.

Historic Jamestowne is jointly administered by the National Park Service and The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (on behalf of Preservation Virginia) and preserves the original site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World.

Visitors to Historic Jamestowne share the moment of discovery with archaeologists and witness archaeology in action at the 1607 James Fort excavation April-October; learn about the Jamestown Rediscovery excavation at the Nathalie P. and Alan M. Voorhees Archaearium, the site's archaeology museum; tour the original 17th-century church tower and reconstructed 17th-century Jamestown Memorial Church; and take a walking tour with a Park Ranger through the New Towne area along the scenic James River. For further information, visit or call (757) 229-0412 or (757) 898-2410.

Preservation Virginia, a private non-profit organization and statewide historic preservation leader founded in 1889, is dedicated to perpetuating and revitalizing Virginia's cultural, architectural and historic heritage thereby ensuring that historic places are integral parts of the lives of present and future generations.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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