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The Story of Pocahontas

Charles Dudley Warner

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . a dozen "for the most part very young women," the names of whom Strachey obtained from one Kemps, an Indian a good deal about camp, whom Smith certifies was a great villain. Strachey gives a list of the names of twelve of them, at the head of which is Winganuske. This list was no doubt written down by the author in Virginia, and it is followed by a sentence, quoted below, giving also the number of Powhatan's children. The "great darling" in this list was Winganuske, a sister of Machumps, who, according to Smith, murdered his comrade in the Bermudas. Strachey writes:

"He [Powhatan] was reported by the said Kemps, as also by the Indian Machumps, who was sometyme in England, and comes to and fro amongst us as he dares, and as Powhatan gives him leave, for it is not otherwise safe for him, no more than it was for one Amarice, who had his braynes knockt out for selling but a baskett of corne, and lying in the English fort two or three days without Powhatan's leave. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Slightly difficult to follow but a decent quick read

Different spelling, pronunciation and Elizabethan dialect make for a slightly uncomfortable read. However for my purpose of research on Pocahontas and my ancestry, it was sufficient.

This is not really a fiction story, don't start reading it unless you want to read about the historical accounts that define who Pocahontas is as an historical figure - it's not a tale about her life and loves but instead an unbiased look at how much truth there is to the Pocahontas legend. The l...more