Powhatan's World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures

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U of Nebraska Press, Apr 1, 2000 - History - 243 pages
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Frederic W. Gleach offers the most balanced and complete accounting of the early years of the Jamestown colony to date. When English colonists established their first permanent settlement at Jamestown in 1607, they confronted a powerful and growing Native chiefdom consisting of over thirty tribes under one paramount chief, Powhatan. For the next half-century, a portion of the Middle Atlantic coastal plain became a charged and often violent meeting ground between two very different worlds.
 

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How can we know what happened between Powhatan, Pocahantas, and John Smith when our only sources — John Smith and countrymen — didn't get the point? Gleach has an answer. Brilliant example of how anthropology can enlighten history. Read full review

Contents

Introduction I
1
The Native Context
22
The English Colonial Context
61
Prolegomena
88
4
106
s Virginia before the 1622 Coup
123
The Great Massacre of 1622
148
Virginia between the Coups
159
The Coup of 1644 and Its Aftermath
174
9
184
Conclusion
199
Notes
207
References
213
Index
235
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Frederic W. Gleach is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University.

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