Note: Why Such Small Numbers of Braves?

Indian numbers are anybody's guess, not given by anybody for Martin's Hundred specifically, but they were not likely very great at any one settlement, according to Waterhouse's report at least:

[T]hese wyld naked Natives live not in great numbers together, but dispersed, and in small companies; and where most together, not above two hundred, and that very rare, in other places fifty or forty, or thereabouts… These small and scattered Companies (as I have said) had warning given from one another in all their habitations to meete at the day and houre appointed for our destruction, at all our severall Townes and places seated upon the River; some were directed to go to one place, some to another, all to be done at the same day and time, which they did accordingly: some entring their Houses under colour of trucking, and so taking advantage, others drawing our men abroad upon faire pretences, and the rest suddenly falling upon those that were at their labours  (Kingsbury III: 554-555).

At any rate, even the party attacking Martin's Hundred would probably have many of its men miles away at outlying plantations, hence the reinforcements remain small as well.

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