Compare And Contrast John Smith And Of Plymouth Plantation

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In The General History of Virginia, written by John Smith, Smith explained a New World colony filled with magical expectations, while in Of Plymouth Plantation, written by William Bradford, Bradford wrote the realities of a beginning New Word colony. As both men are similar in as they established a colony, they differ in the reason behind it. Smith and Bradford described their narrative accounts through differing styles, tones, objectives and purposes. John Smith and William Bradford were both men who traveled across the world to establish a new colony and convince others to settle there. Smith and his followers founded Jamestown in 1616 and experienced troubles like Bradford when he founded a religious lead to Massachusetts. “From May to September those that escaped lived upon sturgeons and…show more content…
Smith used his narrative to glorify himself. “Himself always bearing the greatest task for his own share, so that in short time he provided most of the lodging, neglecting himself…” (Smith, 74) Bradford’s narrative was the most historically accurate through his real-life description. Bradford did not cover up the disasters of his colonists or their journey. “If they died, let them die.” (Bradford, 82) Smith described how the Native Americans were afraid of them. “The savages having drawn from George Cassen were gone.” (Smith, 75) In Bradford’s colony, the Native Americans and colonists had a powerful relationship as Samoset and Squanto were the reasons behind the colonists survival. “A certain Indian came boldly amongst them and spoke to them in broken English. He was acquainted and could name sundry of them by their names. He became profitable to them in acquainting them with many things concerned the Reyes 3 state of the country, which was after profitable unto them. His name was Samoset… also of another Indian whose name was Squanto.” (Bradford,
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