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  • Series: The Civilization of the American Indian Series (Book 93)
  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press (February 15, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806116420
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806116426
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,439,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

R. David Edmunds, Professor of History at the University of Texas in Dallas, is a historian of Native American people and the American West. The author or editor of ten books and over one hundred essays, articles, and other shorter publications, Edmunds' major works have been awarded the Francis Parkman Prize (The Potawatomis: Keepers Of The Fire, 1978); the Ohioana Prize for Biography (The Shawnee Prophet , 1983); and the Alfred Heggoy Prize of the French Colonial Historical Society (The Fox Wars: The Mesquakie Challenge To New France, 1993).



Grace Steel Woodward (1899–1987) was the author of numerous books, including The Cherokees and Pocahontas.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pat M. Stevens IV on December 11, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a captivating tale of the Powhatans and their Pocahontas, or Matoaka as she was known. Born the daughter of the powerful Powhatan, it's almost as though she were placed by providence at the juncture of the English and the eastern woodlands Indians.
Just ten when the Jamestown settlers arrived in 1607, she became early known for her cheer and joy in seeking friends amongst the colonists. But clashes came, and her aging father sought to expel the settlers, and almost succeeded, with the help the colonists' starvation and disease. Three years after their arrival, the colony was abandoned, the departing ships at the mouth of the James waiting for the morning tide to carry them to England.
The relief ships pulled into view at that instant, a miraculous event, and Jamestown survived, and in time established a firm foothold in Virginia. Clashes with the Powhatans continued, however, and the colonists captured Pocahontas as a hostage against the relief of the Indian-held English captives. In her captivity, which seems to have been a friendly one, she was converted to Christianity-- the stories of her memorizing the various church liturgies are dear-- and married the young colonist John Rolfe. Her father agreed to abandon his war against the settlers, and indeed touchingly sent a string of fresh water pearls for her wedding and deeded land to Rolfe. There were to be eight years of peace following their union.
The Virginia Company saw advantage to her traveling to London with her new husband, and by then young Thomas Rolfe, their child. They arrived in England in 1616, and she was received as royalty by King James and Queen Ann, and met many of the English notables of the day.
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By D. Garza on March 19, 2013
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The best hard bound book on the subject. Easy to read and factual, but without all the erroneous romantisism about John Smith and Pocahontas that typically accompany most writings and movies on the indian princess..
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I purchased this book after viewing the movie "The New World" as the movie had spurred my interest in
Pocahontas. She was truly a extraordinary and unique women for her time and the book gave me clear
information the movie did not. I recommend this book, if you have daughters, this is a must read for them!
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