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She Pocahontas never spoke of herself she never represented her emotions presence or history He John Smith spoke for and represented her Edward Said Orientalism 6Pocahontas a Powhatan Indian Princess emerged from a culture of dark superstitions and bettered the relationship with a small group of English settlers in Jamestown and the English rulers of the New World Her father Chief Powhatan was a respected and influential leader who by the seventeenth century had made his people not less primitive but certainly stronger and more formidable than before In 1605 the English were just discovering the new country of America and the Indians were just discovering the Europeans Young Pocahontasmanaged to upholdmoral relations between the Powhatan Indians and early English colonists in Jamestown Virginia through John Smith and English captain Pocahontas single handily instigated one of the scarce eras of harmony between the Indians and the European colonistJohn Smith and two of his troops were shot at from behind bushes and wounded by the Powhatans John Smith took up his gun and started shooting killing four of the fifteen Indians but the Indians backed Smith up to a river He fell in and could either let go of his gun or drown Smithreleased the firearm and accepted the help of the Indians Pocahontas who Smith recalled as a child of ten years old witnessed this catastrophe and Got his head in her arms and laid her own upon his to save him from death whereat the emperor was contented he should live to make him hatchesJohn Smith was brought before Chief Powhaton and questioned Many historians speculate the authenticity of the execution and salvation story told by Smith His Englishmen force landed in Jamestown twelve miles from the Indian reservation The Powhatons were a ceremonious people who greeted important visitors in a formal manner with a large feast and festive dancing However it was not uncommon to put prisoners to death in
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