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Write a brief narrative, grounding your response in John Smith’s “A True Relation.”Imagine you are a Native American historian preserving this momentous first contact with Europeans. Write three of four paragraphs, in a neutral tone assessing the strangers. In your narrative, adhere to the following form:
Paragraph 1: Capacities: Are the colonists prepared for what they find in Virginia? Have they brought the proper equipment? Do they have the right sort of workers with the necessary skills? Can they provide for themselves? If not, why? Are they skilled or clumsy traders, formidable or ineffective fighters? Are they lax or disciplines, adept or inexperienced farmers, disciplined or lax hunters?
Paragraph 2: Conduct: Is there a pattern to Smith’s actions and intentions? Does he seem a formidable or weak leader, and why? How is he able to communicate? As a captive, is he fearful or stoic? When he returns to Jamestown is his violence vicious or shrewd, expressing a desire to annihilate or to negotiate? Is he a good strategist?
Paragraph 3: Encounters: Describe the thinking of Powhatan and his counsel. What is the Native strategy or stance in relation to the colonists? Is there a master plan for engaging or defeating them? Since Powhatan exercised considerable influence throughout the region, how do you explain the alternating episodes of hostility and coexistence? Is Powhatan an effective tactician? Who has the upper hand?
*** You may assume any tone and interpretation you wish. Try, though, to base your narrative on the information Smith provides; that is, convey the incidents he describes from the perspective of a wary inhabitant. ***
Length- 3-4 pages
No outside sources.