Stranger, a pocahontas fanfic | FanFiction
John Smith sees the arrival of the new world through a port in his cell; he is a prisoner. First Contact: The English and Indians meet in a field. it comes live again, Pocahontas rescues Smith and negotiates with her father Powhatan. He had been very jealous of John Smith, thinking that Pocahontas How wonderful it is to see you again", she exclaimed and hugged both of them. A pang of guilt spread through her chest, just like it had when she had left. Detail of John Smith's map showing Powhatan towns; the location of Pocahontas and her father would not meet any Englishmen until the winter of . where Pocahontas would again encounter Captain John Smith.
Powhatan decided he would instead regard Smith as a son, make him a tributary werowance--as headmen were called--and bestow on him a territory just downriver. Smith left for Jamestown two days later, the previously promised fourth day, skirting the site of what would be Williamsburg. The last 27 words of the passage quoted is the sum and substance of the Pocahontas story, repeated for years and carved in stone in a frieze in the rotunda of the nation's Capitol.
So far as the record shows, however, it is a story to which Smith forbore publicly even to allude until years after the fact--and not to disclose even in its scanty detail until In the interim he had published three other volumes of his Virginia experiences and one of other New World adventures. By the time Smith shared the story with the printer, Pocahontas had been to England, where she died in after becoming famous. Powhatan, the other principal, was gone, too, and there was no one alive to contradict the captain.
- John Smith
- Pocahontas: Her Life and Legend
- Pocahontas marries John Rolfe
Curiously, Smith's first book, A True Relation, published in less than a year after Smith's capture, describes in another context the same mode of execution he would eventually report he had escaped.
Moreover, in the intervening years, a Spanish work with a strikingly similar Indian-princess-rescues-white-man-from-cruel-father's-execution tale appeared in London. That play, in turn, seems to have been inspired by the story of the wreck in Bermuda of a hurricane-tossed, Virginia-bound ship during Smith's Jamestown presidency.
Some 19th-century American scholars remarked on the delay in publication of the tale, noted discrepancies among Smith's various capture accounts, and questioned the authenticity of the Pocahontas rescue. Albert Bushnell Hart concluded Smith was one of the "great American historical liars," and essayist Henry Adams said, "It is perfectly clear that the statements of the Generall Historie, if proved to be untrue, are falsehoods of rare effrontery. So, after so great a passage of time, is proving them authentic.
Barbour believes Smith misunderstood what had happened to him. It could be, he says, that Smith experienced an Indian naturalization or adoption rite in which he was symbolically killed, saved, and reborn with a status comparable to one of Powhatan's natural sons.
Thus an obstreperously ungovernable Englishman would be transformed into a deferentially manageable subchief. As uncertain as we are about the Pocahontas legend now, it was certain at the time that men in Smith's care had been lost on the expedition, and that President Ratcliffe and the Council saw that as an opportunity to be rid of him.
Some no better than they should be, had plotted with the President, th next day to have put him to death. For the lives of Robinson and Emery, pretending the fault was his that led them to their ends, but he quickly took such order with such Lawyers, that he laid them by the heels till he sent some of them prisoners for England.
What happened, actually, was that Christopher Newport sailed up in the nick of time with new colonists and fresh supplies and arranged Smith's release.
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When Newport returned to England, Smith's friends-turned-foes Martin and Archer went with the ships, eventually to return and to get even. The score settling would wait until August of ; Smith would have 20 months of respite from what he described as their malice.
By June, however, he was persuaded other comrades were conspiring to do him in. On a trading trip to the Potomac--a river he seems to have explored at least to the falls at modern Washington--he got into one of his scrapes with the Indians.
After the dust settled, he said, "We were kindly used of those Savages of whom we understood, they were commanded to betray us, by the direction of Powhatan, and he so directed from the discontents at Jamestown, because our Captain did cause them to stay in their country against their wills.
If it is improbable, it may not have been impossible. It was what came into Smith's mind, and it was not the last time Smith would accuse subordinates of trying to undo him. In a hint of what was to come, colonists tried to keep him out of Jamestown, to leave him to his fate in the forest, when he returned from a November bartering expedition.
Smith said they were jealous. That summer he had authorized the ouster of his old friend President Ratcliffe and helped install his new friend Mathew Scrivener. Scrivener lasted a little more than a month; the Council elected Smith president September 10, his term to run a year. By January, all other members of the Council had died, several in supposed pursuit of yet another plot against the captain, and Smith was in sole and complete command.
This was the winter of the no work, no eat order.
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Smith says he delivered it to the starving settlers in these words: Countrymen, the long experience of our late miseries, I hope is sufficient to persuade every one to a present correction of himself, and think not that either my pains, nor the [investors'] purses, will ever maintain you in idleness and sloth.
I speak not this to you all, for diverse of you I know deserve both honor and reward, better than is yet here to be had: You see now that power rests wholly in myself: And though you presume the authority here is but a shadow, and that I dare not touch the lives of any but my own must answer it: I would wish you therefore without contempt seek to observe these orders set down, for there are now no more Councilors to protect you, nor curb my endeavors. Therefore he that offends, let him assuredly expect his due punishment.
Among the individuals to whom Smith thought punishment was due were a group of renegade German colonists--Dutchmen, he called them--encamped with Powhatan. Smith had sent them off to amuse the emperor, and they had elected to stay.
That was, after all, where the food was. With the help of confederates inside the fort, they were also stealing weapons and tools, and proposed to lead an attack on Jamestown. Smith understandably called them traitors and ordered them assassinated. The idea was to poison them, or have them shot or stabbed, depending on who you believe. No matter, the runagates seem not to have come within Smith's reach; others did.
Every few months, it seems, a group of colonists would discuss hijacking Jamestown's pinnace and sailing for the English fishing fleets at Newfoundland. Smith credited himself with stopping each of these projects. Examples of Smith's hard usage of the Indians range from the petty to the perverse. Some he browbeat; others he imprisoned, psychologically tormented, kept in chains, or forced to labor. Once he personally administered 20 lashes with a rope, and the occasional village was sacked or burned.
Smith said such measures were required to keep the Indians at bay and amenable to furnishing supplies. Frederick Fausz has termed it terrorism. Word of what was happening reached England at the end of October with a vessel fresh back from Virginia.
The troubles of the Jamestown crew were publicly blamed on the "misgovernment of the Commanders. Caught in a hurricane, the fleet arrived in pieces; but word of the new order of things got through. Smith was reproved and a replacement sent, though the captain was to be allowed a post as an Indian fighter.
By rights, Smith's presidency was terminated, and even Smith must have known it. But the papers to prove it were missing with the shipwrecked vessel on which they had been dispatched and, standing on ceremony, Smith declined to surrender power until his term expired September Nor would he establish a new Council with which to share power in the meantime.
The newcomers settled for electing gentleman Francis West as a sort of president-in-waiting, and Smith moved to patch things up with his disappointed subjects. He also shored up his power by ingratiating himself with the fleet's sailors. Captain Smith fearing the worst and that the seamen and that faction might grow too strong and be a means to depose him of his government so Joggled with them by way of feastings Expense of much powder and other unnecessary Triumphs That much was Spent to no other purpose but to Insinuate with his Reconciled enemies and for his own vainglory for the which we all after suffered.
And that which was intolerable did give leave unto the Seamen to carry away what victuals and other necessaries they would. The settlers had arrived too late in the year to plant food for themselves, and Smith, though he had known since July they were coming, was in no position to provide for them all, either out of the colony's stores, nature's bounty, or the Indian trade.
Rations were short, growing shorter, and all agreed on the need to disperse. The example of the Indians and experience had taught Smith to spread colonists out with winter's approach, so that they need not all depend on the resources of a single area. West loaded a ship with munitions, food, and supplies, took men to the falls of the James, the site of modern Richmond, and set them to building a fort near the river's edge. On a hill nearby was an Indian village commanded by a werowance the English called Little Powhatan.
West's settlers somehow got it into their heads that the river was the way to the South Sea, as the Pacific was called, and probably to the long-dreamed of gold fields Virginia was thought to contain. They apparently decided a fort hard by the stream would command the route to riches and make them wealthy gatekeepers.
The Indians objected and killed men who strayed from the compound. At month's end Smith, who figured the Pacific lay beyond the Potomac, took five soldiers up the James to check on matters, met West coming down, and arrived at the falls to declare the ground of West's Fort too flood prone. He was probably right, but he was little credited.
Henry Spelman, a perhaps confused young man who had only just arrived, was in Smith's party and years later wrote an account of what he thought happened next: I was carried by Capt[ain] Smith our President to the Falls, to the little Powhatan where unknown to me he sold me to him for a town called Powhatan and leaving me with him the little Powhatan, He made known to Capt[ain] West how he had bought a town for them to dwell in desiring that captain West would come and settle himself there but captain West having bestowed cost to begin a town in another place misliked it: Smith gave this explanation: He bought Little Powhatan's village all right, but Spelman was merely being apprenticed as an interpreter and was not part of the bargain.
West's men spurned the deal, refused to budge, and denied Smith's authority.
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With his five men, Smith overawed all and collared "all the Chieftains of those mutinies. Falling back, Smith came to their ship, compounded with his latest friends the sailors, and took command of the vessel. Deprived of their ship and its stores, West's hungry men raided the Indian gardens on the hill, stole corn, beat and took Indians prisoner, and broke their houses. The Indians came to Smith to complain.
So much they opportuned him to punish their misdemeanors, as they offered if he would lead them to fight for him against them. But having spent nine days in seeking to reclaim them; showing them how much they did abuse themselves with those great gilded hopes of the South Sea Mines, commodities, or victories, they so madly conceived, he set sail for Jamestown. According to the captain, he had gone not half a league before his ship ran aground, and he could hear the attack in the distance.
He was within easy reach of West's Fort when its men decided to submit themselves to Smith's mercy. They seemed to think he had some sort of sway over the Indian enemy. Smith arrested six or seven of West's men, put the rest in the hill village, named the place Nonsuch, and made good the losses on either side, including the munitions and food he had captured and taken away himself. As Smith prepared to depart, however, Captain West reappeared, took command, and moved his men back to West's Fort by the river.
Smith, by his account, threw up his hands and left for Jamestown by river. Asleep in the boat, Smith said, he was terrifically burned when a spark fell from a match and touched off a gunpowder bag he wore at his waist. He jumped into the river to douse the flames and was recovered half drowned. By August, they were down to calories a day. Meanwhile, they had the choice between filthy swamp water and if you have ever been to Jamestown, you know that it smellssalty river water at full tideand slimy river water at low tide.
Disease began to sweep through the camp, killing about a person per day. The settlers were lost, they were stranded, and they were scared. The Jamestown Settlers were lazy opportunists. They came looking for gold, and brought their problems on themselves when they refused to work.
They were upper class people who thought themselves too good for menial labor, and that they were due a life of ease, and the middle class and Indians had to try, unsuccessfully, to pick up the slack. This accusation was leveled at multiple groups of settlers, pretty much any time the colony suffered or struggled.
These people had no real experience making a life in the wilderness. They were destitute, they were inexperienced, and while about half were considered gentlemen, most were fairly poor. One, for example, was a former Sussex MP who had lost everything in a legal dispute with a local aristocrat, and was trying to get some money to support his wife and eleven children.
The colonists were about half gentlemen, but the majority were poor. Of the other half, twelve were skilled laborers, but the rest were unskilled workmen recruited from the squalor of London.
They were going not because of how much they had to gain — Roanoke had shown otherwise — but how little they had to lose. Most of the gentlemen had military backgrounds, and had lived in rough conditions on the battlefields of the Low Countries, but this was different. Only the thinnest of lines separated survival from death, and every little problem was a big one. The weather was suffocatingly hot. A third of their diet came from hunting, fishing and scavenging, and the rest came from corn.
The English were people with no experience living on swampy wasteland. Even John Smith, who saw himself as the only person who could really make the Colony work, dismissed the idea that these people were lazy. No one knew when Newport might return, and in late August, Bartholomew Gosnold died. He had remained the strongest leader they had, and the one man who really rose above the factions and infighting while commanding the confidence and respect to help minimize it.
He was the person they looked to to lead them out of their miseries. He was interred with full military honors. Without Gosnold to steady the colony, and rapidly losing hope of survival, paranoia skyrocketed.
Soon, the colonists started to suspect active sabotage promoted by sectarianism. They turned to Kendall, who had been one of the two people mysteriously put on the council. Had he been a spy for the Spanish in the Low Countries? He had answers to the most pressing accusations, so attention went to Wingfield. No no no, more important, why had he lost less weight than the rest of them?
Ratcliffe took his place as president, and immediately arrested him for a list of crimes against the colony Archer had carefully tabulated. Suddenly, Ratcliffe found himself at the center of scrutiny. Which Ratcliffe was he? Was he the one who had acted as a Catholic spy in the Low Countries? Was he the one who had been imprisoned with Guy Fawkes following the Gunpowder Plot?
How had he gotten such a prominent position in the company? Percy had remained a supporter of Wingfield following his bravery in the battle against the Indians. It says something, though, that Smith was plotting to restore the presidency of the man who had almost had him shot on Nevis. Ratcliff discovered the plot, though, and beat Reed for his participation. Reed threatened to hit back, saying skilled laborers deserved more respect than that.
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Ratcliff immediately tried him for mutiny and sentenced him to death, to be hanged from a makeshift gallows. He fought back as they pushed him up the ladder, and finally begged for a private word with the president. Ratcliffe agreed, freed Reed and ordered Kendall to be arrested and confined to the pinnace with Wingfield.
With each accusation, paranoia intensified instead of diminishing. In a way, that makes sense. They had been people with no one but each other for company, confined to ships and then a small fort together, alone for months. At the same time, though, these are some pretty grandiose claims. Smith took the position of Cape Merchant, which he felt put him in charge of relations with the Indians. The people were too overcome with sickness and despair to work for their own relief, instead slipping into a depressed idleness.
Virtually no one else knew the language, and only a handful were healthy enough to go with him. So he took a few of those people and headed for Kekotan to trade for food, but met a very different reception from before. The people laughed at him, offering him a handful of corn and some bread in exchange for swords, musket and apparel.
This … is where Smith becomes Smith. Up until this point, he had been a peripheral character, very involved in faction fighting but not particularly noteworthy. In response to the Kekotan offers, Smith piloted his boat to the shore and ordered his men to fire their muskets.
When the Kekotan retreated, Smith followed, and they approached him with a doll of one of their gods, Ochius. Smith and his men shot some of the people carrying the doll, and when it fell out of their hands, his men took it. Soon, a priest came to ask for their Ochie, offering peace, to which Smith responded that if he would load their boat with corn, he would not only return their Ochie, but also be friends and give them beads and copper.
They agreed, and Smith triumphantly returned to Jamestown, stopping by a few other villages to trade for corn. Smith was not supposed to initiate any hostility with the local peoples. This is the kind of behavior that has made Smith both a legend and a controversial figure.
On the one hand, he was the man who succeeded in getting them food. On the other hand, he did so in a blatantly illegal way. On the one hand, he showed determination and ingenuity. Regardless, Smith returned to Jamestown with enough corn to feed the company for days.
Only two weeks of food were left from the store from England, though, so this was only a temporary fix. No one knew when Newport would return.
Smith accused Ratcliffe of being the saboteur, and Smith won the argument. Ratcliffe agreed that Smith should take the pinnace and shallop to the falls to get more food. He went from village to village, trading, often in a similarly heavy handed manner. He kept his focus in the future, never outright stealing, and never doing anything to put the English in a weaker position in future negotiations. Soon, he was able to bring a couple months worth of food back to Jamestown.
As he approached, he noticed the Pinnace marooned on a sandbank near the fort. Kendall had hijacked the ship and was preparing to take it to Spain, where he would tell the Spanish about English plans. And you remember how I said a lot of the accusations among the settlers had their basis in truth?
Well Sicklemore was a pretty unique name, and the only known Sicklemore at the time was a Catholic priest operating under the alias of John Ward. He then became a Cecil informer, and was thought to have escaped to the continent. He tried to steal the Pinnace to sail to England and tell the London Company about the disarray, but Smith stopped him by threatening to sink the pinnace with musket and cannon fire.
Everyone in Powhatan territory had to send a specified amount to Wahunsenaca each year as tribute. They tried, though, and the Renegades tried to contribute and assimilate into their society. They lived peacefully, though humbly, together. When life was hard, people could wonder whether it was easier with the Indians, questioning English technological superiority, and the point of their struggles.
What if life was easier with the Indians, and they could just escape into the woods and be free of the hunger, the disease and the faction fighting?
If they could, then what was the point of living like this and trying to make this work? Opechancanough had brought a badly injured man who White recognized as George Cassen into the hut Cassen was staying in.
He tied Cassen up, close enough that the fire burned his back, while his front was still freezing.