Excerpt from The Princess Pocahontas
In truth, when I look over the whole world history, I can find no other child of thirteen, boy or girl, who wielded such a far-reaching inﬂuence over the future of a nation. But for the protection and aid which Pocahontas coaxed from Pow hatan for her English friends at Jamestown, the Colony would have perished from starvation or by the arrows of the hostile Indians. And the importance of this Colony to the future United States was so great that we owe to Pocahontas some what the same gratitude, though in a lesser degree, that France owes to her Joan of Arc.
Pocahontas's greatest service to the colonists lay not in the saving of Captain Smith's life, but in her continued succour to the starving settlement. Indeed, there are historians who have claimed that the story of her rescue of Smith is an invention without foundation. But in opposition to this view let me quote from The 'american Nation: A History. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, author of the volume England in America says.
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