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When choosing a book for my book review, nothing really seemed to jump out at me. I pondered the list for a minute and then once more until I finally saw a title that seemed intriguing. Pocahontas, Powhatan, and Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives changed by Jamestown. By Helen C. Rountree seemed like it would be an interesting book. What immediately caught my eye was that it had something to do with Pocahontas in it. I knew her from the Disney movies but was interested to know more. As I got further into this book I realized that it had more to do with Powhatan and Opechancanough, and less about Pocahontas. It puts rumors to rest and told the truth about the English invading Jamestown and the surrounding area. Some parts of the book got a bit boring and slow, but history can’t always be interesting. In the following paragraphs that you are about to read, I am going to discuss what Helen C. Rountree is trying to convey, My opinion, and two interesting reviews that I have found along the way. Helen C. Rountree is a Virginia native. Growing up she was told all kinds of stories about the Native Americans that settled in her area centuries before. As she got older her interest grew. She began researching the area and found little factual information on what she was told as a young girl. In her research she also found that there were no books or articles written from the Native Americans perspective. Instead they were written in the point of view from the English, who always felt that they had the upper hand. This could be because there is little documentation from the Indians (most documents got burned during the American civil war). In this book Helen C. Rountree is trying to convey all of her research and put the rumors to rest about what had really happened 400 years ago. She feels that there is more to the story of Jamestown then what the English were telling. She also believes that the Indians weren’t represented in the brightest light. After reading what she...
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