Captain John Smith
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Captain John Smith

By Charles Dudley Warner
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Less than a year after landing at Jamestown, Captain John Smith arrives in Werowocomoco ("meeting place of chiefs"), in what will become Gloucester County. He is a prisoner of Chief Powatan, a powerful leader of Indians throughout eastern Virginia. Smith later asserts that he was saved from execution by the intercessions of Powatan's young daughter, Pocahontas. The location of Werowocomoco is variously ascribed to the present Wicomico region around Shelly or possibly at Purtan Bay (previously "Poetan", which may have derived from "Powatan"). According to legend, the ancient "Powatan's Chimney" in Wicomico is the remains of a house known to have been built by Dutchmen at the direction of Captain Smith as a peace offering to the Indian chief, but archeaological evidence does not support that.

Table of Contents
  • CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH
    • PREFACE
  • CAPTAIN JOHN SMITH
    • I. BIRTH AND TRAINING
    • II. FIGHTING IN HUNGARY
    • III. CAPTIVITY AND WANDERING
    • IV. FIRST ATTEMPTS IN VIRGINIA
    • V. FIRST PLANTING OF THE COLONY
    • VI. QUARRELS AND HARDSHIPS
    • VII. SMITH TO THE FRONT
    • VIII. THE FAMOUS CHICKAHOMINY VOYAGE
    • IX. SMITH'S WAY WITH THE INDIANS
    • X. DISCOVERY OF THE CHESAPEAKE
    • XI. SMITH'S PRESIDENCY AND PROWESS
    • XII. TRIALS OF THE SETTLEMENT
    • XIII. SMITH'S LAST DAYS IN VIRGINIA
    • XIV. THE COLONY WITHOUT SMITH
    • XV. NEW ENGLAND ADVENTURES
    • XVI. NEW ENGLAND'S TRIALS
    • XVII. WRITINGS-LATER YEARS
    • XVIII. DEATH AND CHARACTER
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