English and Indians Meeting at Jamestown in 1607
Jamestown Exposition Series 4
Shortly after the arrival the colonists were visited by a number of Indians, who approached without fear, and seemed to show by their gestures that they wished to tell them of their friendly disposition. The Englishmen presented them with beads and pieces of tin, which were received with delight. The Indians paid them many visits after this bringing with them presents of skins, game and other things, in exchange for which they were greatly pleased to receive the trifles mentioned. This early promise of friendship and peace was, however, soon rudely dispelled, and they constant and serious conflicts led in the loss of many lives. Had it not been for the strong hand of Capt. John Smith, that fell heavily upon them in swift and dire punishment whenever occasion arose, the settlement could not have existed in the face of the fierce antipathy that developed among the Indians.