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Strachey's A Dictionarie of the Indian Language

Smith's Vocabulary of Indian words

Weroances and Their Tribes

English Observers

William Strachey' s Description of Critters in the Chesapeake Bay

Henry Spelman, Relation of Virginia, 1609


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Smith's Vocabulary of Indian words

Two men, John Smith and William Strachey, each compiled a list of words and phrases used by the Powhatan people in the early seventeenth century.

John Smith

John Smith was born in Willoughby, England in the year 1580. He arrived in Virginia in April 1607 and was one of the seven council members to govern the new colony. He was elected president of the local council in September 1608, but after being badly injured by a gunpowder burn, he returned to England in October 1609.

In the Complete Works of Captain John Smith, John Smith compiled a small collection of words and phrases used by the Powhatan people.

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