Price offers a rare balanced view of the relationship between the settlers and the natives. He unravels the crucial role of Pocahontas, a young woman whose reality has been obscured by centuries of legend and misinformation (and, more recently, animation). He paints indelible portraits of Chief Powhatan, the aged monarch who came close to ending the colony's existence, and Captain John Smith, the former mercenary and slave, whose disdain for class distinctions infuriated many around him-even as his resourcefulness made him essential to the colony's success.
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The first permanent English settlement in America was Jamestown in Virginia, first settled in 1607. Pocohontas was the daughter of the Indian chief Powhatan who became the wife of John Smith, whose life she saved.