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Comparison of Of Plymouth Plantion and A Description of New England A Few Gramatical Errors New England A Matter of Perspective John Smiths A Description of New England and William Bradfords Of Plymouth Plantation both present a picture of the same pre-colonial land of New England Mr Smiths writing out of necessity painted a rosy picture of the new land while Bradfords historical account shows early New England was not Heaven on Earth Mr Bradford and Mr Smith are writing about one land but they present two different accounts of the life in the land John Smiths writing is his ideal vision of what the new land could be with the best of people colonizing the new land John Smiths fine piece of literature may also be considered a beautifully worded finely tuned piece of propaganda Mr Smith wrote this selection to influence people to leave their lives in England and cross the globe to start a new life in a strange land John Smith described a a land where little work was needed and riches could be easily acquired A man with little fishing ability could catch one hundred two hundred or three hundred fish a day He tells of animals perfect for hunting that give plenty of food to live on and rich furs that could be traded for money Mr Smith declares the land free so anyone could come to the New World and accumulate great wealth John Smith envisioned a land where all men would live in peace and harmony a vision that would not be fulfilled in New England or any of the New World William Bradfords history of the Pilgrims in Of Plymouth Plantation sheds a uniquely different light on life in colonial New England Bradfords account depicts many hardships that had to be overcome by the Pilgrims before their ideal land began to take shape Bradford describes arriving
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