The Tiara Club Series by Vivian French
How Pocahontas Redefined How Europeans Saw Native Americans
The Indian attack of March 22,, constituted a watershed in history of the Jamestown settlement. Earlier, beginning in , a faction in the company led by the treasurer Sir Edwin Sandys had steered the company in the direction of integration of Indians into English settlements. Families received houses in the settlements and funds were established for a college for Indian youth to Christianize and civilize them. Most assumed that Openchancanough and the Powhatan nation shared the ideal of an integrated society. Not only had the Indians not agreed to cultural suicide, but as George Thorpe, a supporter of the new policy of integration, observed, most of the English settlers still harbored their contempt for Indians.
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John Smith baptized. He played an important role in the establishment of the colony at Jamestown, Virginia , the first permanent English settlement in America in the early 17th century. He was a leader of the Virginia Colony between September and August , and he led an exploration along the rivers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay , during which he became the first English explorer to map the Chesapeake Bay area. Later, he explored and mapped the coast of New England. Jamestown was established in , and Smith trained the first settlers to farm and work, thus saving the colony from early devastation. He publicly stated, " He that will not work, shall not eat ", alluding to 2 Thessalonians With Smith's leadership, however, Jamestown survived and eventually flourished.
Smith played an equally important role as a cartographer and a prolific writer who vividly depicted the natural abundance of the New World, whetting the colonizing appetite of prospective English settlers. At age 16 or 17, his adventuresome spirit found an outlet on the battlefields of continental Europe, where he fought for the Netherlands in its war of independence from Spain. Having returned to England by , he spent about two years reading classical military texts and studying horsemanship. He then traveled to Hungary in as a mercenary to join Austrian forces fighting the Ottoman Empire; he advanced to the rank of captain. Captured by the enemy the following year and taken to Turkey, he escaped to Russia and returned to England in or
Pocahontas might be a household name, but the true story of her short but powerful life has been buried in myths that have persisted since the 17th century. Born about , her real name was Amonute, and she also had the more private name Matoaka. Pocahontas was the favorite daughter of Powhatan, the formidable ruler of the more than 30 Algonquian-speaking tribes in and around the area that the early English settlers would claim as Jamestown, Virginia. Years later—after no one was able to dispute the facts—John Smith wrote about how she, the beautiful daughter of a powerful native leader, rescued him, an English adventurer, from being executed by her father. This narrative of Pocahontas turning her back on her own people and allying with the English, thereby finding common ground between the two cultures, has endured for centuries.