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In this video, Smithsonian Curator Barbara Clark Smith discusses Powhatan’s perspective with regards to the English.

It is important to consider interactions between Virginia Indians and Europeans from both perspectives. They were both powerful and sophisticated cultures. Their relations with one another were influenced by a variety of factors and changed over time.

Source: Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, John Smith Map: Powhatan’s Perspective (Fairfax, VA, 2010), accessed September 17, 2011. Full video and lesson in Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media and Loudoun County Public Schools, “Source Analysis: John Smith Map” Foundations of U.S. History, accessed September 16, 2011.


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