Credit: Sidney E. King, artist
At first, the English needed food from the natives in order to survive, while the Powhatans sought the colonist's commercial goods, such as metal tools, glass beads, and copper. Exchanges could be forceful or friendly. The Powhatans sometimes offered corn as a gift; at other times, they refused contact, or attacked those who had come to trade. The English wrote home of successful trading, yet on occasion they stole or raided at gunpoint (Sidney E. King, artist).