Captain John Smith Essays

  • Captain John Smith

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    Captain John Smith After reading three short selections on Captain John Smith (General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles, A Description of New England, and New England’s Trials) in The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 6th Ed., a second source was helpful to learn more about this historical figure. Philip L. Barbour, in The Three Worlds of Captain John Smith, focuses on the major roles Captain Smith filled during his lifetime: adventurer, colonist, and promoter. Because

  • Captain John Smith Is Successful Than John Rolfe

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    Captain John smith was more important to the success of Virginia by 1630 then John Rolfe.. Like many famous heroes, John Smith was feisty, abrasive, self-promoting, and ambitious. He was an experienced soldier and adventurer, the man who boldly went out and got things done. If not for him, the colony may have failed at the start. John Rolfe is best successful for having introduced tobacco as a commercial crop to Virginia colonists. The production of this valuable commodity shaped the future development

  • Research Paper On Captain John Smith

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    Captain John Smith, born in 1580, was an English explorer noted primarily in the first permanent English settlement in North America through the colony of Jamestown, Virginia ( Although most notoriously known for his contributions to the Jamestown colony in Virginia, he fought in the Dutch independence war against Spain in addition to fighting with Austrians against Turks prior to his involvement with Jamestown. He was captured and enslaved by Turks, but then overpowered his master and

  • Captain John Smith Research Paper

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    the native Americans and also made the holiday Thanksgiving. One of these men was Captain John Smith, he was an explorer from England also a soldier. Smith was born in Lincolnshire , England he was born on January 6 , 1580 and died June 21, 1631 at age 51. He was sailing with two other captains , Wingfield / Kendall .The plot of the ship had an interference with captain John smith, which cost the life of captain Kendall life. He named a town which he landed called Jamestown, in that time he just

  • New England Colonies

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    shipping were very important The Mayflower • Plymouth, England • 102 Passengers on the Mayflower • The Puritans were seeking new life of religious freedom in America • All the passengers were called Pilgrims • Among their advisors was Captain John Smith • It took 66 days to reach New England, and the journey was very hard for the people who weren’t used to sailing Massachusetts • Before they even set foot on shore, they wrote an agreement called the ‘Mayflower Compact’ that would set

  • Comparing Chesapeake and New England Bay Colonies

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    Company was forced to make their home within a mosquito infested and unhealthily region. Beginning their arduous search from the onset, the stubborn men searched for gold day and night through starvation, malnutrition, and disease. According to Captain John Smith these gold seekers were all men in hope of repayment for commencing on the journey. He described the scene as diligent men digging, washing, refining, and loading gold all in silence. Living from “hand to mouth” induced the gold miners to

  • The Chesapeake and New England Colonies: A Comparison

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    founded by a group of 104 settlers to a peninsula along the James River. These settlers hoped to find gold, silver, a northwest passage to Asia, a cure for syphilis, or any other valuables they might take back to Europe and make a profit. Lead by Captain John Smith, who "outmaneuvered other members of the colony's ruling and took ruthlessly took charge" (Liberty Equality Power, p. 57), a few lucky members of the original voyage survived. These survivors turned to the local Powhatan Indians, who taught

  • Analysis Of Powhatan's Reply By Captain John Smith

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    Powhatan's Reply was written by Captain John Smith translating the speech given by the Powhatan Chief to Smith. The Chief states that he has seen the death of his people many times and that he knows the difference between peace and war. He says that he is old and must die soon, but lists his family that will take his place and their successors. The Chief does not want Smith to give any less love and respect to his successors that the Chief himself has given Smith. He tells Smith that the bruit force he comes

  • The Jamestown Settlement

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    business venture that would send a group of colonists to what was already known as Virginia. Gosnold was apparently the driving force behind getting this operation in place. Gosnold was referred to as "the first mover of this plantation" by Captain John Smith."(Ward) Merchants from London, Bristol and Plymouth sponsored the voyage and persuaded King James to grant a charter and letters of patent to create the Virginia Company. A strange twist to the story was that the man who worked so hard to get

  • Pocahontas

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    Therefore, she went by Pocahontas, a nickname given to her meaning “little wanton” for she was a playful, frolicsome little girl (Sahlman). The settlers believed it to mean “bright stream between two hills.” The Powhatans were not savages, as John Smith would later claim in his The General History of Virginia. Instead, they were a ceremonious people who greeted important visitors in a formal manner with a large feast and festive dancing (Sahlman). Although they did occasionally put prisoners

  • Smith vs. Bradford

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    Smith vs. Bradford Have you ever wondered whose hands our country was in at the start of our time? Captain John Smith was one of the first American heroes. He was the first man to promote a permanent settlement of America. William Bradford was a Puritan who was courageous and determined to set up a colony where citizens could worship freely. Although both of these men were two of America’s heroes, they had more differences than known. Thus, Smith was a very proud and boastful man. Before reaching

  • The Fishing Industry in Gloucester

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    cradle of the country's fishing industry. It was in 1606 when the French explorer, Samuel de Champlain sailed into what is now Gloucester Harbor and loved the beauty of the land, and of course, the many fish that laid in the water. Later, English Captain John Smith, following Champlain's earlier voyages, reached Gloucester. When he arrived here he also fell in love with the land but most of all the cod. He then went back to England and told people of the good news. People started arriving right away.(

  • Settling of America (1620's -1670's)

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    in the Chesapeake region in about 1607, and then later settlers went north to places like Massachusetts in the New England region in about 1629. Though both areas were settled by the English, they developed two different societies. While Captain John Smith was in Virginia in 1624, the men on the ship waited for the large ship to leave and ‘those of us that had money, spare clothes, credit to give bills of payment, gold rings, fur, or any such commodities, were ever welcome to [purchase supplies

  • Comparing Aime Cesaire's A Tempest and Shakespeare's The Tempest

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    World in the early 1600s are alluded to throughout the play (446). Through the propagandistic writings of explorers like Captain John Smith, who authored a sensational and unsubstantiated account of his dramatic rescue from death at the hands of Indians by the Indian chiefís beautiful daughter, Pocahontas, many Europeans developed an interest in the inhabitants of the New World (Smith 24-25). Indeed, from the various explorers' stories that trickled hack to Europe, two different viewpoints surfaced concerning

  • Compare And Contrast John Smith And William Bradford

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    Captain John Smith and William Bradford have differences as well as the colonies they were responsible for.Their colonies were diverse in the ways they were managed; what they grew, the laws that kept order, what their export items were, what religions they tolerated and also how the occupants acted. Both of these individuals had different ways to look at things. Although Captain John Smith and his Jamestown were so different to the Plymouth plantation and their leader William Bradford, they also

  • Explorer Essay

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    Columbus, John Smith, and William Bradford are guilty of such. Through their writing, we see how influenced they have become by their own perspective. While John Smith seemed to be very selfish and Bradford selfless, when one looks at their situation it seems almost inevitable that they wrote this way. Because these authors knew that they were going down in history they wrote in a way that made them seem like the main character so they would get all the credit. Christopher Columbus, Captain John Smith

  • John Smith And Pocahontas: A Disney Romance

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    as history without any thought into the matter. Did Pocahontas and explorer John Smith ever actually meet? If so, how did they, and was there ever the feeling of love between them? There are similarities, but more differences between historical fact and what is presented in the Walt Disney motion picture.Aside from obvious deviations of the film, such as the language , there are others including how Pocahontas and Smith meet, which they did in fact do. In the movie from the beginning, Pocahontas

  • John Smith Biography

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    The life of John Smith is one of great importance to that of the development of the colonial settlements that later became the United States. He played such an important role to this cause, that some could say he was the pioneer in informing the English people back in the motherland what the regions surrounding Jamestown were like. When anyone talk about John Smith, you instantly think about how he was the first governmental figure within Jamestown. One also realizes that he came up with the first

  • Settling a New World

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    which were dwindling rapidly. Within eight months of their arrival only thirty-eight colonists were still alive. A young captain, John Smith, would become the settlement’s new leader. He enforced a policy decreeing, “He that will not worke shall not eate.” Under his leadership the colony was revived but when injured by a gunpowder explosion in 1609 he was sent back to England. John Ratcliffe was elected to take his place and under his command the settlers would experience what would come to be known

  • Comparing John Smith’s A Description of New England and William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation

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    Comparing John Smith’s A Description of New England and William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation When the first American settlement on Roanoke Island was established in 1585 it’s primary force, Sir Walter Raleigh, had no idea that this “New World” would evolve into one of the most powerful voices in the modern world. But before it developed it would have to shaped by it’s founders from the Western world. Two of the largest voices in America’s early development are John Smith, who with a group