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Overview

Author

John Smith

Year Published

1624

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History

At a Glance

  • In 1607 the first permanent English colony in the Americas, Jamestown, was founded. John Smith was an explorer and scout who was part of the first wave of colonists to arrive.
  • In December 1607, Smith was captured by Native Americans while on a mission to find food for the colony.
  • He spent some time among them before being released in January 1608 by their leader, Powhatan, also called Wahunsenacah or Wahunsenacawh.
  • John Smith describes how he was captured and his impressions of the way of life of the Native Americans as part of The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles, first published in 1624.
  • In particular, Smith describes how he had been saved from execution by Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas.
  • Smith's books and maps were a valuable resource for later colonists. Smith was well-regarded in North America into the early 19th century, seen by many as a hero who helped blaze the trail for later colonists.
  • Scholars later began to approach Smith's text more critically, noting how he may have misinterpreted or even invented many of the events he describes.

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