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1609 Prior knowledge: Starvation was rampant Audience: Investors and adventurers Reason: To attract people to finance the company and future employees. The main idea: To lure settlers to the New World by advertising treasures and false ambitions. Significance: The New World wasn’t what they said it to be. They cast to light on the true aspects of everyday life in Virginia, which included severe starvation and disease. “What Can you Get by War?” Author: Powhatan Place & time: Powhatan confederacy in 1609 Prior knowledge: Captain John Smith was saved by Pocahontas (thanks Disney) Audience: Captain John Smith Reason: To consolidate Native/English war. Main Idea: Peace can be achieved only if the English puts down their arms. Significance: Powhatan loves his people enough to do what ever is possible to keep them away from another generation of war. “There is nothing to be Gotten Here but Sickness and Death” Author: Richard Frethorne Place & time: Jamestown 1623 Prior knowledge: Indentured servants were not paid. Some faced cruel masters. Jamestown was barren of food. Audience: His parents in England.
. Main Idea: Death was a lifestyle.Reason: Inform his parents and perhaps others of the hardships faced in Jamestown. Significance: Indentured servants were signed up for death in Jamestown 1623.