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

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

by Frederic W. Gleach

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Powhatan's World and Colonial Virginia: A Conflict of Cultures by Frederic W. Gleach

"This work sheds new light on the meaning of war and violence for both the Virginia Indians and the English who invaded them. And that leads to some stimulating new interpretations of the demise of the 1570 Spanish Mission, John Smith's captivity (including his rescue by Pocahontas), and the great attacks of 1622 and 1644."-Helen C. Rountree, Old Dominion University. "This fine new study . . . [pieces] together stories far richer and people far more complex than the literary and celluloid stereotypes that so dominate our views of this early encounter. Frederic Gleach steers us expertly through the cultural cross-currents, conflicts, and misunderstandings that swirled around the English founding of Virginia."-Jennifer S. H. Brown, University of Winnipeg. Drawing on the latest anthropological studies of colonial encounters, Frederic Gleach offers a more balanced and complete accounting of the early years of the Jamestown colony than has been seen before. 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. Gleach argues that the history of Jamestown is essentially the story of how two cultures with conflicting world-views attempted to civilize and incorporate each other. He examines historical events from both native and colonial perspectives, resulting in original and fuller interpretations of seventeenth-century Virginia history. Frederic W. Gleach is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University. This is his first book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780803270916
Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date: 04/01/2000
Series: Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians Series
Pages: 243
Sales rank: 856,263
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 9.00(d)

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Frederic W. Gleach is a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Cornell University.

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