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1 -1 February 2, 2007 Intimidation Equals Alliance: Powhatan’s Plan for Power Powhatan knew of the advantages that the English settlers had over his tribe. However, he knew that the English relied on his tribe as well. Furthermore, he realized that an alliance would be better for his tribe that would for the two to be enemies. Powhatan’s speech to John Smith in 1609 was an attempt to intimidate the English settlers of Jamestown to form an alliance with his tribe. Many believe that Powhatan’s speech was meant in peace. They may have a stereotypical view that all Native Americans are after is peace, love, and harmony. It is naïve to think that Native Americans did not want power, just as the English did. When the Native Americans first encountered the English in 1606, they were already trying to intimidate the English by launching a brutal attack against them as soon as they landed on the beaches of Virginia. 1 In doing this, the Native Americans set the groundwork for who would have superiority in Jamestown.
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