Brand : J. A. Leo Lemay

Did Pocahontas Save Captain John Smith?



Gene rhea tucker |

A refutation of the idea that smith made the whole thing up after pocahontas had died

A succinct introduction to the issue, a telling of both sides, and a thorough refutation of the idea that smith made the whole thing up after pocahontas had died. as someone who came to this subject through davidson and lytle, and not knowing much about it in depth, i had always been in the "could have been true, could have been made up, we'll never know camp." now, i do think, pretty firmly, that smith's account was true. lemay makes logical mincemeat out of smith's detractors (especially the poor gadfly henry adams) and establishes a strong case for smith's veracity and the historicity of the episode. highly recommended for a historiographical class, those interested in colonial virginia, and those looking for a quick read.