Analysis Of Pocahontas And The Powhatan Dilemma

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Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma, provides a vivid and brutally honest account of the atrocities committed against Pocahontas and her people, unlike the popular animated film released by Disney. We will never know the absolute truth behind Pocahontas and her people, or the early settlers who emigrated to Jamestown, but one truth, however, remains evident. The English had succeeded in destroying an entire culture, rich with diversity. This may not have been what the English had intended at first, but it untimely was the result of their actions against the Powhatan people and the other tribes of the surrounding region. They imposed harsh conditions which included abduction, conversion, violence, and tributes which practically impossible to …show more content…

Not many Englishmen defended the foreign peoples’ way of life, which led to accounts which were generally defamatory, and in some cases provided justification to violence against them. Upon arrival to Virginia explorers such as John Smith had already created preconceived notions of the Native Americans. They romanticized Native Americans claiming them to be an insatiable, wanton people who practically threw themselves upon the newcomers. Englishmen would often sexualize Native American women, and as Townsend writes, “The colonizer of the imagination were men – men imbued with almost mystical powers. The foreign women and the foreign lands wanted, even needed, these men, for such men were more than desirable.” The Englishmen were eager to believe this, and writers such as Peter Martyr and Richard Hakluyt only further inspired such fantasies of colonization. Even Smith himself produced half-truths about his capture and experiences among the Powhatan people in order to be perceived as the hero. There was clear prejudice for the Native Americans in the European countries, and reports only affirmed the English of their disdain for these strange people. The first step the English took in destroying Native American culture was discrediting them as mere savages who were too uncivilized to properly make use of their land or develop innovations on the scale that they themselves

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