History 110- Comparative Reading Analysis 1- Walker

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Brandon Walker History 110 Comparative Reading Analysis Captain John Smith and Roger Williams: A Comparative Analysis The transcripts written and translated by Captain John Smith and Roger Williams are similar in many ways. In Smith’s text, “What Can You Get By Warre,” he records a conversation that he had with Chief Powhatan, leader of the Powhatan tribes. The failure of the English and the Indians to get along peacefully centered around the idea that the English were invading the Indian’s territory. That aside, however, the failure of relations were also in part from vast cultural divide between the two peoples. In Williams’ experience of, “A Key to the Language of America,” he provides a different perspective into the New World than most others during his time. Williams goes against the societal and religious expectations of the Puritans and attempts to educate people about interracial relations between the Narragansett people and themselves. The comparisons of these texts both include coming into contact with the Native Americans. In Smith’s case, he noted that the English settlers got along with the Native Americans pretty well when they had first arrived in North America in 1607. However, they had problems about a year into the arrival, as the Powhatan tribes became uncooperative and refused to trade corn, which caused many settlers to starve. Williams’ interests in the Native American culture and language made him a powerful figure for the Narragansett people. Williams was impressed with the values of the natives, and sometimes found their demeanor more admirable than his fellow Christians.
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