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Captain John Smith to Queen Anne (1617)FromThe General Historie of Virginia by Capt. John Smith, 1624; The Fourth Booke,inLyon Gardiner Tyler, ed.,Narratives of Early Virginia 1606–1625(New York, 1907), pp.326–327.Captain John Smith and Pocahontas are, of course, part of U.S. history and mythology. Theletter excerpted below describes Smith's imprisonment by the Algonquian people; hisrelationship with Pocahontas and her father, Powhatan; and the role the Native Americansplayed in helping Smith and his compatriots survive. Historians believe that it is possible thatthe story Smith relates about being saved from execution by Pocahontas may have been entirelyfabricated. Another possibility is that it describes a ritual that involved a sort of mock executionand salvation. Smith wrote many accounts of his exploits in the New World, and his tonethroughout seems purposely devised to convince the monarchy to continue to support theVirginia Company.

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