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Love and hate in Jamestown : John Smith, Pocahontas, and the heart of a new nation

Author: David A Price
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2005, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st Vintage Books edView all editions and formats
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In 1606, approximately 105 British colonists sailed to America, seeking gold and a trade route to the Pacific. Instead, they found disease, hunger, and hostile natives. Ill prepared for such hardship, the men responded with incompetence and infighting; only the leadership of Captain John Smith averted doom for the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The Jamestown colony is one of the great survival  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Smith; Pocahontas; Pocahontas; John Smith
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David A Price
ISBN: 1400031729 9781400031726
OCLC Number: 57534302
Description: 305 p. : maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: Prologue --
The crossing --
Have great care not to offend --
Wingfield --
The rescue --
Gilded dirt --
Powhatan becomes an English prince --
Pocahontas saves John Smith again --
The starving time --
Restoration --
The marriage --
Pocahontas in London --
The first African Americans --
March 22, 1622 : skyfall --
Smith's vision for America.
Responsibility: David A. Price.

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In 1606, approximately 105 British colonists sailed to America, seeking gold and a trade route to the Pacific. Instead, they found disease, hunger, and hostile natives. Ill prepared for such hardship, the men responded with incompetence and infighting; only the leadership of Captain John Smith averted doom for the first permanent English settlement in the New World. The Jamestown colony is one of the great survival stories of American history, and this book brings it fully to life for the first time. Drawing on extensive original documents, David A. Price paints intimate portraits of the major figures from the formidable monarch Chief Powhatan, to the resourceful but unpopular leader John Smith, to the spirited Pocahontas, who twice saved Smith's life. He also gives a rare balanced view of relations between the settlers and the natives and debunks popular myths about the colony. This is a superb work of history, reminding us of the horrors and heroism that marked the dawning of our nation.

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