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5 Misconceptions About Colonial America

5 Misconceptions About Colonial America

From the faux love affair between John Smith and Pocahontas to the questionable accounts surrounding the pilgrims landing at Plymouth Rock, here's the truth behind some of the most popular tall tales about Colonial America, adapted from an episode of Misconceptions on YouTube. Though John Smith wrote extensively on his adventures in Jamestown, the man himself had developed a reputation as a pretty unreliable narrator and a shameless braggart. What we do know is that Pocahontas and John Smith definitely did know each other, and their relationship definitely wasn’t romantic. Other experts think John Smith completely made up the story, especially since it’s missing from his earlier accounts of his time in Jamestown. At this point, it’s estimated that the dinner-table-sized Plymouth Rock is only one-third to one-half of its original size.

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