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THE CROWNING OF POWHATAN
VERY nearly the first thing which my master did after having
been made President of the Council, was to obey the orders of
the London Company, by going with Captain Newport to Powhatan's
village in order to crown him like a king.
This was not at all to the pleasure of the savage, who failed
of understanding what my master and Captain
 Newport meant,
when they wanted him to kneel down so they might put the crown
upon his head. If all the stories which I have heard regarding
the matter are true, they must have had quite a scrimmage
before succeeding in getting him into what they believed was
a proper position to receive the gifts of the London Company.
Our people, so Master Hunt told me, were obliged to take him
by the shoulders and force him to his knees, after which they
clapped the crown on his head, and threw the red robe around
his shoulders in a mighty hurry lest he show fight and overcome
It was some time before Captain Smith could make him understand
that it was a great honor which was being done him, but when he
did get it through his
 head, he took off his old moccasins and
brought from the hut his raccoon skin coat, with orders that my
master and Captain Newport send them all to King James in
London, as a present from the great Powhatan of Virginia.
After this had been done, Captain Newport sailed up the James
River in search of the passage to the South Sea, and my master
set about putting Jamestown into proper order.