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June 19, 2013

Meet a Spanish Spy at Historic Jamestowne during “… my capture and the extraordinary occurrences”

Guests meet Don Diego de Molina, a Spanish commander, captured near a Virginia fort in 1611, during the program, “‘…my capture and the extraordinary occurrences’: Don Diego de Molina, Captive and Spy,” at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 22 at Historic Jamestowne. He will be allowed an interview during the 30-minute program with those wishing to meet him but, beware – he is alleged to be a Spanish spy! Interviews will be held in the Jamestown Memorial Church.

In June 1611, a Spanish warship anchored near the English Ft. 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. Gov. Thomas Dale worried that Molina was sent ahead to scout the Virginia coast for a Spanish attack fleet yet to come.

Under close arrest at James Fort, Molina quickly learned how desperate the conditions were for the Englishmen “held captives by their masters.” Some of the details we know today about life in the fort come from reports Molina smuggled out of the colony and back to Spain.

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

This program is free with paid admission to Historic Jamestowne. The admission fee is $14 per adult for a seven-day ticket that includes both Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield. Children under age 16 are admitted free. National Parks passes and Preservation Virginia memberships are accepted, but a $5 fee may apply for entrance to Historic Jamestowne. Please call (757) 229-4997 or visit for more information dave.mayfield@pilotonline.comabout the program and entrance fees.

Historic Jamestowne is located at 1368 Colonial Parkway on Jamestown Island, seven miles west of Williamsburg. It can be reached via the Colonial Parkway or VA State Route 31.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley