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The Native Americans are a very important factor in the history of the Americas or the New World There are many accounts from history describing the Native American people but it is impossible to be completely positive which accounts are accurate and which are more of what the writer wants one to believe Two of the oldest accounts of the Native American lifestyle are Christopher Columbuss letter to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel and John Smiths The General History of Virginia New England and the Summer Isles Both of these accounts come from historically recognized men that come into contact with Native Americans that have not been greatly influenced by European culture The similarities are present however it is interesting to note the major differences in the description by both John Smith and Christopher ColumbusFor instance a similar view of the Native Americans shared by John Smith and Christopher Columbus is the militaristic superiority the white man has over the Indians John Smith relives a few instances where the Native Americans were embarrassed in the field of battle The Native Americans ambushed the Englishmen with sixty to seventy men Every one of them was fully armed with weapons such as clubs and bows and arrows and was arranged in a neat military formation The Englishmen defeated the Native American force and caused them to retreat back into the woods A Quiyoughkasouck Native American priest or god came out after some time to offer peace and try to retrieve their Okee which was a small idol made of skins stuffed with moss and hung with chains and copper Another example from John Smiths accounts is when he and his men were greatly outnumbered and ambushed His compatriots were killed and he was taken hostage however not until a great last stand by John Smith that displayed his dominance over his Indian counterparts Smith was taking on two hundred men single handedly according to his own account
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