POWHATAN AND CAPTAIN SMITH by Olga Hall-Quest

POWHATAN AND CAPTAIN SMITH

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A chronological account (of which there probably will be many this year due to the 350th anniversary of the settling of Jamestown) follows the 1607 venture and its aftermath in the many movements of victory and defeat for both Indian and White Man. With only a few side glances to the problems of settling and the settlers themselves, the emphasis throughout is more on the fateful political maneuverings and negotiations with Powhatan and the other tribal chiefs. We are made aware of the mixture of feelings among the English towards Smith. Smith himself emerges as a strong character as does Powhatan and the results of their mutually off-again, on-again sympathies as they played counterpoint to the fortunes of the new town seem accurately sketched. The narrative continues, after Smith's return to England, to portray the romance between Pocahontas and John Rolfe, but its undramatic style may/make it less appealing to children than some of the other books about Jamestown.

Pub Date: April 15th, 1957
Publisher: Farrar, Straus-Ariel