Sorry, Pilgrims: Jamestown’s spiritual life is suddenly much more fascinating.

By Thomas S. Kidd
Image: Susan Walsh / AP Catholics and Protestants Together?: Capt. Gabriel Archer’s reliquary with replicas of its contents.
VIRGINIA---When the English settlers of Jamestown, Virginia, sailed into Chesapeake Bay in 1607, the first thing they did was plant a cross on the shore. As typical English people, the Virginia colonists were stridently Protestant. They were products of the warring worlds of the Reformation. Roman Catholics were the great imperial and religious enemy to most English Protestants. But the recent discovery of a Catholic reliquary (devotional box) in the grave of an early Virginia leader suggests that the colony’s religious story may have been more complicated than we knew. [link]