What did John Smith trade for his freedom and for land around the settlement?

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The veracity of Captain John Smith’s exploits has been in doubt since the 1600s. While several events he detailed in his autobiographical writings were corroborated in the accounts of his contemporaries, he was prone to exaggerating his own heroism and resourcefulness. The story of his death-defying 1607 imprisonment in Werowocomoco, the capital of Powhatan lands, was almost certainly embellished before it was published in his Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles in 1624.

Captain Smith’s capture in the New...

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