Book cover of A Brave and Cunning Prince: The Great Chief Opechancanough and the War for America by James Hornby James Horn

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 them.

 In the years that followed, Opechancanough (as the English called him), helped establish the most powerful chiefdom in the mid-Atlantic region. 

Interview with the Author

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Episode 216: James Horn 
11/17/21        99 min

Book Talk Begins at 30 mins


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Episode 237: A Brave and Cunning Prince, or, Following the Evidence Where It Leads
12/13/21           74 min


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