America’s First Century: Algonquian Annihilation – II

Lead: After 1607 relations between the Jamestown English and the Chesapeake Powhatan confederation were nearly always hostile. Combined with disease and starvation, Native Americans soon faced almost complete annihilation.

                Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

                Content: Any fair and balanced study of the early years of English settlement of Virginia cannot help but provoke admiration. A primitive democracy was established. Tobacco cultivation laid the foundation for a rich commercial culture. Despite disease, starvation, bad water, and ineffective leadership, Virginians survived and gradually, fitfully established a European toe-hold on the Chesapeake. People of faith believing that Christianity brings a positive civilizing uplift, may celebrate the change in the slaves and the few Indians so converted.

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