Love and Hate in Jamestown Essay

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David A. Price, Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Heart of a New Nation (New York: Alfred A. Knopf)

As a young child many of us are raised to be familiar with the Pocahontas and John Smith story. Whether it was in a Disney movie or at a school play that one first learned of Jamestown, students want to believe that this romantic relationship really did occur. As one ages, one becomes aware of the dichotomy between fact and fiction. This is brilliantly explained in David A. Price's, Love and Hate in Jamestown. Price describes a more robust account of events that really did take place in the poorly run, miserable, yet evolving settlement of Jamestown, Virginia; and engulfs and edifies the story marketed by
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Rolfe and Pocahontas traveled to London on business together and a son named Thomas was born. Before their return to Virginia, Pocahontas dies in England.
Increased efforts to win power over the Indians in Virginia brought about modest results; the colonists continued to be molested by attacks and affairs. On March 22, 1622 Indians massacred many Jamestown colonists. This from a Virginia company letter:
We have to our extreme grief understood of the great massacre executed on our people in Virginia, and that in such manner as is more miserable then the death it self: to fall by the hands of men so contemptible; to be surprised by treacherie in a time of known dancer… and almost guiltie of the destruction by a blindfold and stupid entertaining of it; which the least wisdome or courage suffised to prevent even on the point of execution: are circumstances that do add much to our sorrow. (pg. 214)

Unabateing hate increases tension and power struggles cause more murders and many more hardships. As time goes on, the percent of the Indian population in comparison to the colonists decreased as more colonists arrived in Virginia. Although times were tough in Virginia, colonists were excited to increase their wealth by developing businesses with the new products found in the New World. As a result, the Indians became less of a problem to the settlers and they then intensely focused on growing the colony in order to