Breaking the House of Pamunkey

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The Fall of an American Indian Empire


Most have heard of the story of Jamestown. Pocahontas saves John Smith and the rest of the colony from starvation in a romantic bedtime story. But there is a version not often told. A story of extreme violence and retribution. A story of revenge and genocide. This is the story of how Virginia won its place in America against the Powhatan people. This is the story of the Powhatan War of 1644.


It nearly broke the house of Pamunkey.


In the world's first book-length study of the Powhatan War of 1644 (Third Anglo-Powhatan War), award winning historian Lars C. Adams brings forth new documentation and greater detail than ever before, illuminating a lost chapter in North American history.

Breaking the House of Pamunkey: The Final Powhatan War and the Fall of an American Indian Empire

"meticulous attention to detail... !" - North Carolina Society of Historians



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