The Relationship Between Powhatan Indians And The New World

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In the late 1500s, European countries began attempts to colonize America. Most settlements, however, failed, such as Roanoke. In 1606, the Virginia Company of London funded an expedition of 144 men to the Americas, and a year later, they arrived in the New World, entering the realm of the Powhatan Indians. The colonists then built and successfully established Jamestown (present-day Jamestown Island, Virginia). Upon their arrival, the English met the Powhatan, and the two built a healthy liaison. However, the relationship between the Powhatan and the English colonists fluctuated as time progressed, from cordial, to an uneasy peace, and inevitable violence and war. When the colonists first established Jamestown, they met the Powhatan Indians and befriended them. Throughout the early years of the seventeenth century, the two built and sustained an amiable relationship. An example of their rapport can be seen in the account of an anonymous colonist. In his record, he told how the Indians helped the colonists in a time of need. In his narration, he wrote, “Thanks to God, our deadly enemies saved us by bringing food - great amounts of bread, corn, fish, and meat. This food saved all of us weak and starving men. Otherwise we would have died. Leaders from other tribes also brought us food and supplies which made us comfortable.” This indicates that the Indians and the colonists had affable relations. Another example of their comradely accord can be seen in the laws passed in…
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