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The extraordinary story of the Powhatan chief who waged a lifelong struggle to drive European settlers from his homeland In the mid-sixteenth century, Spanish explorers in the Chesapeake Bay kidnapped an Indian child and took him back to Spain and subsequently to Mexico. The boy converted to Catholicism and after nearly a decade was able to return to his land with a group o The extraordinary story of the Powhatan chief who waged a lifelong struggle to drive European settlers from his homeland In the mid-sixteenth century, Spanish explorers in the Chesapeake Bay kidnapped an Indian child and took him back to Spain and subsequently to Mexico. The boy converted to Catholicism and after nearly a decade was able to return to his land with a group of Jesuits to establish a mission. Shortly after arriving, he organized a war party that killed them. In the years that followed, Opechancanough (as the English called him), helped establish the most powerful chiefdom in the mid-Atlantic region. When English settlers founded Virginia in 1607, he fought tirelessly to drive them away, leading to a series of wars that spanned the next forty years the first Anglo-Indian wars in America and came close to destroying the colony. A Brave and Cunning Prince is the first book to chronicle the life of this remarkable chief, exploring his early experiences of European society and his long struggle to save his people from conquest.


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The extraordinary story of the Powhatan chief who waged a lifelong struggle to drive European settlers from his homeland In the mid-sixteenth century, Spanish explorers in the Chesapeake Bay kidnapped an Indian child and took him back to Spain and subsequently to Mexico. The boy converted to Catholicism and after nearly a decade was able to return to his land with a group o The extraordinary story of the Powhatan chief who waged a lifelong struggle to drive European settlers from his homeland In the mid-sixteenth century, Spanish explorers in the Chesapeake Bay kidnapped an Indian child and took him back to Spain and subsequently to Mexico. The boy converted to Catholicism and after nearly a decade was able to return to his land with a group of Jesuits to establish a mission. Shortly after arriving, he organized a war party that killed them. In the years that followed, Opechancanough (as the English called him), helped establish the most powerful chiefdom in the mid-Atlantic region. When English settlers founded Virginia in 1607, he fought tirelessly to drive them away, leading to a series of wars that spanned the next forty years the first Anglo-Indian wars in America and came close to destroying the colony. A Brave and Cunning Prince is the first book to chronicle the life of this remarkable chief, exploring his early experiences of European society and his long struggle to save his people from conquest.

42 review for A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    A Brave and Cunning Prince by James Horn is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early November. Before reading this, I had no idea that the Spanish had such a presence in the colonies during the late 1500s - aside from that, it's far, far more storied than other books about Jamestown and Plymouth I’ve read before, which (comparatively) have been more like lists of stats and quotes. You get a good idea of how people within the area are like and what drives them to remain there and fight for it, A Brave and Cunning Prince by James Horn is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early November. Before reading this, I had no idea that the Spanish had such a presence in the colonies during the late 1500s - aside from that, it's far, far more storied than other books about Jamestown and Plymouth I’ve read before, which (comparatively) have been more like lists of stats and quotes. You get a good idea of how people within the area are like and what drives them to remain there and fight for it, not to mention the naïveté and powerful assumptions that the British had toward the Powhatan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    Not a bad book, but a bit unfocused. I'm not sure there was enough material here to really be a book about Chief Opechanchanough so it winds up being about him and Powhatan and John Smith and the Jamestown colony and and and..... I did learn more about the specific interactions between the colonists and the Indigenous people of the area but this felt like a shorter portion of a bigger story than a finished product to me. Not a bad book, but a bit unfocused. I'm not sure there was enough material here to really be a book about Chief Opechanchanough so it winds up being about him and Powhatan and John Smith and the Jamestown colony and and and..... I did learn more about the specific interactions between the colonists and the Indigenous people of the area but this felt like a shorter portion of a bigger story than a finished product to me.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    Horn tells the story of a young Indian taken to Spain in 1561 and then Mexico, New Spain who is renamed Don Luis and sent back to Virginia with a group of Spanish Jesuits in 1570. He led their massacre and then later fought against the English at Opecnancanough. Particularly during the 1609-1610 Starving Time and the Massacres of 1622 and 1644. He died as a prisoner of the English about 1646.

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