Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream

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Captain John Smith: Jamestown and the Birth of the American Dream

Author: Dorothy Hoobler
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 274
Cover Price: $ 25.95

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"America was the place Smith had dreamed of his whole life. There, his character, determination, and ambition had propelled him to the top of society. He spent the rest of his life trying to return. Though he failed, he pointed the way for others, who were drawn by the dream that opportunity was here for anyone who dared seize it. It was a powerful thought, one that had as much to do with creating the country we have today as anything Smith did to keep Jamestown alive. Smith founded more than a colony. He gave birth to the American dream." ?from Captain John Smith

It is one of history's ironies that the person who guaranteed the success of English settlement in America first arrived as a prisoner under sentence of death. Captain John Smith tells the real story behind this swashbuckling character who founded the Jamestown colony, wrote the first book in English in America, and cheated death many times by a mere hairbreadth. Based on rich primary sources, including Smith's own writings and newly discovered material, this enlightening book explores Smith's early days, his forceful leadership at Jamestown that was so critical to its survival, and his efforts upon his return to England to continue settlements in America.

This unique volume also reveals the truth behind Smith's relationship with Pocahontas, a tale that history has greatly distorted. As the four hundredth anniversary of the first colony in America at Jamestown approaches, Captain John Smith serves as a great testament to this confident, brash, and heroic figure.

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Background Information

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.