A comparison of William Bradford and John Adams' credibility.

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John Smith and William Bradford are both known as the first settlers of this great nation. Both of them made their marks in helping with the establishment of the first thriving colonies. They both helped a great deal, but when it came to writing down what happened, John Smith tended to make himself look good while William Bradford tended to stick to the facts.

During the beginning, John Smith talks about how terrible everything was, giving the other settlers some credit; however, he gave himself most of it by saying, ..."himself bearing the greatest task of his own share, so that in short time he provided most of them with lodging, neglecting any for himself..." (Smith 68). Not only does he take most credit, but John gives the readers an image of him sacrificing his own needs for others. Giving his history of boastfulness, this is a tough detail to accept as fact.

William Bradford also writes about people helping out considerably. He, on the other hand, gives credit where it is due; he writes, ..."there was but six or seven sound persons who to their great commendations, be it spoken, spared no pains night or day, but in abundance of toil and hazard of their own health, fetched them wood, made them fires...clothed and unclothed them. In a word did all the homely and necessary offices for them..." (Bradford 73). He does not include himself into this list, but truthfully mentions that he was greatly thankful for their help,"...unto whom myself and many others were much beholden in our low and sick condition" (Bradford 74).

Both men write about how they survived for a time with the knowledge they knew, and resources they had. They would not have survived, however, if the Native Americans had not taught them how...