What is the main theme of Love and Hate in Jamestown?

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Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation is a 2003 nonfiction historical book written by American author and journalist David A. Price . Based on research and historical documents, the book describes the history of the Jamestown colony (the first English...

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Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation is a 2003 nonfiction historical book written by American author and journalist David A. Price. Based on research and historical documents, the book describes the history of the Jamestown colony (the first English colony in America), from its creation in 1607 to the 1622 Jamestown massacre. This is, essentially, the main theme of the novel.

Price also describes the interesting friendship between the English soldier John Smith and the young, brave, and spirited Native Indian princess Pocahontas, who managed to save Smith's life twice. Smith is described as a wise, capable, and resourceful man who eventually became the leader of the Jamestown colony, as its previous leaders and members were incapable of surviving the environment and often dealt with the natives in a violent manner. Thus, culture clash is another important theme of the book, as well as the complicated relations between the Native Indian population and the European settlers.

Contrary to popular belief, Smith and Pocahontas were never actually in love with each other and they never had a romantic relationship. However, the princess did marry colonist John Rolfe in order to create a Native alliance in Tobacco production and maintain the peace in the colony.

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