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Brothers Among NationsThe Pursuit of Intercultural Alliances in Early America, 1580-1660$
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Cynthia Van Zandt

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195181241

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181241.001.0001

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“You Called Him Father”

“You Called Him Father”

Fictive Kinship and Tributary Alliances in Tsenacommacah/Virginia

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(p.65) 3 “You Called Him Father”
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Brothers Among Nations
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Cynthia J. Van Zandt

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195181241.003.0005

This chapter explores the strategies that English and Powhatan peoples used to establish their intercultural alliance in Tsenacommacah/Virginia. It focuses particularly on the ways Wahunsonacock tried to use kinship as a way to bind Captain John Smith and the Jamestown colonists to him as allies and subordinates. Wahunsonacock's daughter Pocahontas played a key role in the Powhatans' alliance strategy with the English.

Keywords:   Pocahontas, Wahunsonacock, Powhatan, English, Captain John Smith, Tsenacommacah, Virginia, kinship, alliance

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