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O’Connor 1 Mehgan O’Connor English 2823 Professor Coats 8 February 2010 Captain John Smith is a well-known figure in American history; his popularity is typically attributed to the Disney adaptation of his settlement. Where the Disney story of Pocahontas is easy enough for a child to grasp, Smith’s letters in “The Generall Historie” and “Works of Capt. John Smith” are probably the most difficult and muddled pieces of correspondence from that time. Honestly, his letters could use a modern translation much like the letters written in Spanish. Also like the letters by Cortes, Columbus and Las Casas; Smith uses his writings to establish his view of the ideal explorer. The main attribute that Smith values in an explorer is a work ethic. In his first volume, Smith states, “yet worthy is that person…; if he have sense, strength, and health.” (Volume I, 342) These aspects of a persons’ character all coincide with their ability to work. He doesn’t say
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