A Brave and Cunning Prince


A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America


The extraordinary story of the Powhatan chief who waged a lifelong struggle to drive European settlers from his homeland.

In the mid-sixteenth century, Spanish explorers in the Chesapeake Bay kidnapped an Indian child and took him back to Spain and subsequently to Mexico. The boy converted to Catholicism and after nearly a decade was able to return to his land with a group of Jesuits to establish a mission. Shortly after arriving, he organized a war party that killed the Spaniards.

In the years that followed, Opechancanough (as the English called him), helped establish the most powerful chiefdom in the mid-Atlantic region. When English settlers founded Virginia in 1607, he fought tirelessly to drive them away, leading to a series of wars that spanned the next forty years—the first Anglo-Indian wars in America— and came close to destroying the colony. But the English settlers proved more resilient than the Spanish missionaries had been forty years earlier. Additional soldiers, weapons, and provisions arrived from England, forcing Opechancanough to continue his offensive for decades. He survived to be nearly a hundred years old and died as he lived, fighting the invaders.

Deeply researched and brilliantly told, A Brave and Cunning Prince is the first book to chronicle the life of this remarkable chief, exploring his early experiences of European society and his long struggle to save his people from conquest.

Title: A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America
Author: James Horn
Published: November 16, 2021
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 6.45 x 1.3 x 9.55 inches
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 978-0465038909

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Weight 1.17 lbs
Dimensions 6.45 × 1.3 × 9.55 in

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