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

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

by Thomas Hoobler
     
 

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In the predawn darkness of April 21, 1607, three small ships groped for landfall along the North American coastline. Confined below decks—and most likely in chains—was John Smith, a young, hot-tempered fellow accused of plotting mutiny and facing the possibility of execution. Many of the crew ex-pected Smith to be hanged once they reached

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In the predawn darkness of April 21, 1607, three small ships groped for landfall along the North American coastline. Confined below decks—and most likely in chains—was John Smith, a young, hot-tempered fellow accused of plotting mutiny and facing the possibility of execution. Many of the crew ex-pected Smith to be hanged once they reached Virginia—and were shocked when Smith was named as one of the seven people who would make up the governing council of the new colony, a decision made before the ships left England. This caused many to wonder: just who was this John Smith, this brash, red-bearded nobody who seemed to have such powerful connections?

That question has been asked repeatedly for centuries; now, here is the most definitive answer. Captain John Smith explores the true history be-hind the man who would become the person most directly responsible for the survival of the Jamestown colony. Based on Smith's own writings —which history has proven to be accurate—and on letters and diaries from other Jamestown colonists and archives in both Virginia and England, this enlightening volume focuses in riveting detail on the years Smith spent in Jamestown and his efforts to promote the colony after his return to England, while also covering his swashbuckling earlier life.

Using newly discovered material, historians Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler present a well-rounded portrait of the Jamestown colony and Smith's accomplishments there, as well as new information on the Native Americans Smith and the other colonists encountered.'The famous tale of Smith and Pocahontas carried down through history has distorted and even falsified their actual lives, turning them into colonial America's Romeo and Juliet. The Hooblers demythologize Smith's relationship with Pocahontas—who in reality was a preadolescent child—and examine the truth behind her efforts to rescue Smith from death, possibly more than once.

You'll experience all the heroic deeds, hairbreadth escapes, suffering, and glory of Smith's pre-Jamestown days—stirring events that have all but been forgotten. You'll be there as he finds himself thrown overboard ships only to be rescued; joins in fierce battles only to be gifted with riches; and encounters a variety of efforts to kill him—whether by jousting battle, ambush, or execution—only to find help from sympathizers. For Smith, it was often a case of the damsel helping the knight, appearing at a critical moment to spare his life yet again. His astounding ability to maneuver his way out of disastrous situations allowed Smith to make his mark—but did he owe his success to cunning, talent, or sheer luck?

As the settlement of Jamestown approaches its four hundredth anniversary, Captain John Smith leads the way with a thrilling, eye-opening account of this key figure in American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471485841
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
1,088,208
Product dimensions:
6.54(w) x 9.64(h) x 0.97(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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