Call number: Rare F229 S7 G3 1624 Oversize
Captain John Smith (1580–1631), a soldier of fortune, for centuries was praised as the savior of the first permanent English settlement in North America, but more recently has been attacked as a conquistador, oppressor of native peoples, and agent of neo-feudalism. In fact, Smith was a materialist who belittled talk of moral goals, but he was comparatively enlightened in his dealings with the Indians. His vision of a more equal society based on widespread land ownership was rejected by the Virginia Company.
In this video, Vice President for Collections E. Lee Shepard discusses John Smith's The Generall Historie of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles.