Did you know? Pocahontas

There are so many stories of Pocahontas, mostly romanticized as in Disney’s Pocahontas movie.

Supposedly, Pocahontas was kidnapped at 17 from the Powhatan tribe and paraded around England.   She is said to have died at 21.   John Smith is said to have started the rumor of her helping him.    www.looper.com/10289/

This Native American woman, Pocahontas, was born Matoaka, known as Amonute, circa 1596-1617. She was notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.   Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribal nations in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia.  Wikipedia also agrees that the John Smith tale was probably untrue.

In 1613, Pocahontas was captured by the English during Anglo-Indian hostilities, and held for ransom.   During her captivity, she converted to Christianity and took the name Rebecca.  She chose to remain with the English.

In April 1614, she married tobacco planter John Rolfe, and bore him a son, Thomas.

In 1616, the Rolfe’s traveled to London where Pocahontas was presented to English society as the “civilized savage” in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement.

In 1617, Pocahontas died of unknown causes in transit to Virginia and was buried in St. George’s Church, Gravesend.

For more information, check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas.

Submitted by Rosa L. Griffin


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