Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend

Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend

by Frances Mossiker
     
 

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The amazing story and alluring personality of Pocahontas (1595–1617) have endured the enlargement of legend and the distortions of time, as if waiting for Mossiker's skill, scholarship, and sensitivity to reveal Pocahontas as she was. This biography illuminates the dual world within which she struggled to identify herself, and her enormous impact on its

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The amazing story and alluring personality of Pocahontas (1595–1617) have endured the enlargement of legend and the distortions of time, as if waiting for Mossiker's skill, scholarship, and sensitivity to reveal Pocahontas as she was. This biography illuminates the dual world within which she struggled to identify herself, and her enormous impact on its leading figures: the first encounters and skirmishes between Indians and Englishmen in 1607; Pocahontas's dramatic rescue of Captain John Smith and her later abduction; her marriage to the Father of Tobacco, John Rolfe; the fateful voyage to England and her early death. The book also examines the myths and commercialization that have entombed Pocahontas through the centuries. In absorbing detail this vivid biography resurrects the real Pocahontas and unveils the uses—noble and ignoble—America has made of her.

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Beginning with the Spanish conquistadors and ending with Pontiac's War in 1763, some 700 essays present a balanced, comprehensive treatment of the era, making available detailed treatment and hard-to-find facts. In addition to entries for wars, battles, and treaties, biographical sketches, and forts and geopolitically significant locales, analytical essays explore the diplomatic and military history of some 50 Native American groups, as well as Dutch, English, French, Spanish, and Swiss colonies. Each entry contains references and cross-references. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780306806995
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
03/22/1996
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
422
Sales rank:
921,961
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.91(d)

Meet the Author

Frances Mossiker is the author of many highly praised books, including Napoleon and Josephine and The Affair of the Poisons.

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