Pocahontas

Pocahontas

 On April 5, 1614, Pocahontas married John Rolfe with the blessing of her father, Chief Powhatan and the governor of Virginia. Their marriage brought a peace between the English colonists and the Powhatans.

 

Jamestown

Jamestown was the first permanent English settlement in America. It was founded in May 1607 by a group of 100 English colonists who settled along the James River in Virginia.

 

Founding of Jamestown

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These times were extremely rough. It’s not hard to imagine that settlers had problems with famine and diseases. And, of course, there were other people living on that territory before they arrived. This was the territory of the Powhatan confederation, formed of around 30 Indian tribes. And they were not very happy with newcomers so settlers were often under Indian attacks.

 

Captain John Smith, 1580-1631

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In these harsh times, one man played a very important role in the future of Jamestown and its’ inhabitants. He was John Smith, a 27-years-old English adventure. He helped settlers in the organization how to survive in harsh conditions and also mapped the area. During one of his adventures, Indians captured him and two other colonists…

 

Pocahontas

… And while two colonists had no luck, John survived because of the intervention made by the daughter of Chief Wahunsonacock (Chief Powhatan). Her name was Matoaka and her pet name was Pocahontas (“my favorite daughter”). That intervention helped in establishing better relations between Indians and colonists. These relations varied during the years and Pocahontas was the one who often went to Jamestown as the emissary of her father. During the period of intense relations, English Captain took Pocahontas as a hostage to exchange her for peace terms.

 

Pocahontas, 1595-1617

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USA – Jamestown Exposition Issue – Pocahontas, 1595-1617

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During her captivity, Pocahontas fell in love with John Rolfe and they got married on April 5, 1614. A year later she gave birth to her son, Thomas. In 1616, the couple sailed to England and Pocahontas even met King James I. They planned to return to America in 1617 but Pocahontas died just before that.

 

Although this is not a Disney-like story, it’s still a historically accurate one. I hope that “we learned something today”.

 

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3 Comments

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