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A Land as God Made It

A Land as God Made It

A Land as God Made It

`A Land as God Made It is a novel written by James
Horn. Horn does an excellent job of making our
nation's birth and first settlement an interesting
read. I personally enjoyed the book as it wasn't your
typical boring story. Horn does a great job of keeping
things interesting as well as factual. By using John
Smith and others journals of their accounts in the New
World, you can really get a feel for the situations
and problems they faced. The book to me is the most
historically accurate piece of information that I have
seen on this subject. More often than not in a history
class, we're exposed to the main points on a subject
and we skim over them. This book dug very deep into
the subject and a lot of facts that you don't see
everyday were brought to my attention. Over the years
we've just learned the tidbits on the subject and
that's supposed to be good enough. After reading this
book and discussing the subject in class, I realized I
didn't know hardly anything on the subject.

The book begins in the early goings by describing the
Indians and the author paints the picture of how
things were before the English settlers arrived here.
Most of the time we hear the story beginning with the
English getting off the boat and suprise, the Indians
are here. Over time I always looked at it as the
Indians and English were shocked to see each other but
that's not the case. Before the Jamestown settlement,
the Roanoke Island settlers as well as a venture
thirty some years before Roanoke told the English of
the Indian people in the New World. Some Indians
actually returned to London with the English after the
early explorations. The book also doesn't ignore the
fact that the Spanish were also settling in the New
World at this time and how the English felt about it.

John Smith is always thought of by most Americans who
know little on the subject as the man who had the idea
to come to the New...

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