America From The Accounts Of John Smith, William Bradford, J. Hector

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Life in America from the accounts of John Smith, William Bradford, Thomas Morton, J. Hector St. John De Crevecoeur, and other notable writers portray Early America in different ways. Some view the life as being ruthless and unforgiving with uncontrollable weather, little food, and dangerous surroundings. Others have a more optimistic viewpoint of Early America and see the landscape as charming and full of countless adventures. The viewpoints also vary as they are written from the standpoints of a loyalist, non-puritan, and others. These accounts focused on different aspects of life, good or bad, and accomplished showcasing different viewpoints using exceptional imagery and wording.

The account of John Smith accomplished portraying the hardship in early America, starting from the time he arrived in his writing, “The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles”. He begins by describing the expectation that the ship would arrive in two months, but instead was at sea for five months. He wrote how “we were at sea five months, where we both spend our victual and lost the opportunity of the time and season to plant, by the unskilful presumption of our ignorant transporters, that understood not at all, what they undertook” ("The Norton Anthology American Literature, Volume A: Beginnings to 1820." 84). Along with the hardship of sailing to the new world, comes the strain of labor to start-up the community. John Smith states “ but nothing so difficult as to…

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