Paired Texts > Chief Powhatan's Address to Captain John Smith
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The Trail of Tears is the name given to the forced relocation of Native American nations following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. The removal included many members of tribes who did not wish to assimilate. Many Native Americans suffered from disease and exposure, and somewhere between 2,000-6,000 Cherokee died on the trail. The Trail of Tears Diary includes interviews that reveals the extraordinary resilience of the Native American nations during the trail.Pair “Excerpt from Trail of Tears Diary” with “Address to Captain John Smith” to provide students with additional information about the relationship between colonizers and Native Americans. How did the relationship between these two groups evolve over time?
In "French and Indian War," this informational text recounts the history of the French and Indian War and how it played out between its three combatants: France, Great Britain, and the native people of North America.Pair “Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith” with “French and Indian War” and ask students to identify trends in how the British treated Native Americans. How does Chief Powhatan’s speech compare to the words of Minavavana?
Native American author Chuck Larsen adds key details that are missing from story of the "First Thanksgiving."Pair “The Plymouth Thanksgiving Story” with “Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith” and ask students to compare what happened in Plymouth and in Jamestown. Why did the relationship between settlers and Native Americans deteriorate so quickly in both situations?
The informational text "The Inca: Engineering an Empire" explores the impressive expansion of the Inca Empire and its eventual collapse at the hands of Spanish conquerors.Pair “Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith” with “The Inca: Engineering an Empire” and ask students to discuss the ideas of conquest and colonization presented in both texts. How were these two civilizations invaded and conquered by others? How does Chief Powhatan’s plea compare to the events depicted in “The Inca: Engineering an Empire?”
In "Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island," this informational text provides insight into the first (failed) English colony in North America.Pair “Chief Powhatan’s Address to Captain John Smith” with “Settling a New World: The Lost Colony of Roanoke Island” and ask students to discuss early English colonization in North America. What was the relationship like between the Native Americans and the English? What was the impact of the English presence in this region?