New England: A Matter Of Perspective

John Smith's A Description of New England and William Bradford's Of
Plymouth Plantation both present a picture of the same pre-colonial land of New
England. Mr. Smith's writing, out of necessity, painted a rosy picture of the
new land, while Bradford's historical account shows early New England was not
Heaven on Earth. Mr. Bradford and Mr. Smith are writing about one land, but
they present two different accounts of the life in the land.
John Smith's writing is his ideal vision of what the new land could be
with the best of people colonizing the new land. John Smith's fine piece of
literature may also be considered a beautifully worded, finely tuned piece of
propaganda. Mr. Smith wrote ...

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to the New World
and accumulate great wealth. John Smith envisioned a land where all men would
live in peace and harmony, a vision that would not be fulfilled in New England
or any of the New World.
William Bradford's history of the Pilgrims, in Of Plymouth Plantation,
sheds a uniquely different light on life in colonial New England. Bradford's
account depicts many hardships that had to be overcome by the Pilgrims, before
their ideal land began to take shape. Bradford describes arriving in New
England in the late fall as fatal for many of the Pilgrims. The first winter
took its toll on the colonists. Forced to live on the boat, many people died of
scurvy or starved. When they finally were able to stay on land, they found the
Indians less than sociable, and the land too rugged to develop large farms. The
Pilgrims kept their faith though, and with time, the Lord blessed them. They
made a pact with the Indians, learned how to grow native crops, and developed
industries. ...

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