John Smith meets Pocahontas

John Smith’s account of his first meeting with Pocahontas greatly contrasts the way the encounter is depicted in the clips from Disney’s Pocahontas and Terrence Malick’s The New World. In comparison to John Smith’s own account, both the clips portray a much more “peaceful” and personal encounter. Smith’s account of the experience reveals that he has been captured… Read More John Smith meets Pocahontas

Bartoleme de Las Casas’s “Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies”

Bartoleme de Las Casas’s Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies, is one that quite obviously is meant to depict the Spanish as brutal savages who destroyed the indigenous peoples and the land that they lived on. De Las Casas does this by first portraying the native folks to be completely obliging of the visitors… Read More Bartoleme de Las Casas’s “Brief Account of the Devastation of the Indies”

Hello!!

Here’s my first blog post for my History 109 course about the history of the United States. I was worried that this class would focus on the white Anglo-Saxon view of the colonization of history but I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it wasn’t and can’t wait to continue on through the semester!… Read More Hello!!