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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile overview of Jamestown's history, 5 Jun. 2012
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I enjoyed this book very much. If you've never read any book on the Jamestown saga before, this book is a good beginning. It's a comprehensive overview of the whole Jamestown period from its birth in 1607 until the Indian massacre in 1623, which ultimately strengthened and unified the Virginia colony. I happened to read The Shipwreck That Saved Jamestown: The Sea Venture Castaways and the Fate of America at the same time and noticed some historical discrepancies between the two works, yet they both give a full and vivid picture of the Jamestown colony. One should be forewarned, however, that the author of Savage Kingdom does bring in a lot of tangential history to give more background to the story. While I enjoyed this very much, some may find this a bit tedious. The book covers much of the same ground as other books and tends to moralise the actions between the English and the Indians, but altogether it's a good beginning to a study on this era of American history. Interestingly, this is the third book I've read on the subject, but only the first to imply that there may have been some romantic feelings between Pocahontas and Captain John Smith. It's not given much attention in this book, but an interesting subject to delve into.
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