Essay on Early American Literature

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Early American Literature


Early American literature consisted mainly of diaries, journals, short stories, and Indian
creation stories. Since some of the language used was of older English and other
languages, early American literature was difficult to read.


The first story I read was Spanish Explorers in the New World. This story was a journal of
Cabeza de Vaca’s travels and discoveries in the New World. After having a shipwreck, he
and his fellow sailors were made slaves of the Indians. They walked barefoot, bleeding and
ate raw meat for food. He also described how one tribe took over land. De Vaca gave
detailed accounts on how the Indians lived which I found interesting. The males lived in
the estufas, while women lived in the house. For a proposal, the male would weave a
blanket and place it before the female. Spanish Explorers In The New World was interesting
because of the detail with the Indians as opposed to other stories which involve no
action.


The second piece of early American literature I read was The General History. The
Jamestown colony as plagued from the beginning by unfortunate circumstances. While out
exploring, John Smith was captured by the Indians. After being brought to many chiefs,
John Smith was brought to the emperor of the Pamaunkee. The emperor had planned to kill
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