26 Facts About Pocahontas


Pocahontas was a Native American woman, belonging to the Powhatan people, notable for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.

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Pocahontas's was the daughter of Powhatan, the paramount chief of a network of tributary tribes in the Tsenacommacah, encompassing the Tidewater region of Virginia.

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Pocahontas was captured and held for ransom by English colonists during hostilities in 1613.

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In 1616, the Rolfes travelled to London where Pocahontas was presented to English society as an example of the "civilized savage" in hopes of stimulating investment in the Jamestown settlement.

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Pocahontas's became something of a celebrity, was elegantly feted, and attended a masque at Whitehall Palace.

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Pocahontas's was buried in St George's Church, Gravesend, in England; her grave's exact location is unknown because the church was rebuilt after being destroyed by a fire.

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Pocahontas's is a subject of art, literature, and film; and many famous people have claimed to be among her descendants through her son, including members of the First Families of Virginia, First Lady Edith Wilson, American Western actor Glenn Strange, and astronomer Percival Lowell.

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Pocahontas was the daughter of Chief Powhatan, paramount chief of Tsenacommacah, an alliance of about 30 Algonquian-speaking groups and petty chiefdoms in Tidewater, Virginia.

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The Mattaponi Reservation people are descendants of the Powhatans, and their oral tradition claims that Pocahontas's mother was the first wife of Powhatan and that Pocahontas was named after her.

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Pocahontas is frequently viewed as a princess in popular culture.

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Pocahontas's argues that its later revision and publication was Smith's attempt to raise his own stock and reputation, as he had fallen from favor with the London Company which had funded the Jamestown enterprise.

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Pocahontas's often went to the settlement and played games with the boys there.

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Pocahontas believed that account and stopped visiting Jamestown, but she learned that he was living in England when she traveled there with her husband John Rolfe.

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Pocahontas's capture occurred in the context of the First Anglo-Powhatan War, a conflict between the Jamestown settlers and the Natives which began late in the summer of 1609.

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Kocoum's identity, location, and very existence have been widely debated among scholars for centuries; the only mention of a "Kocoum" in any English document is a brief statement written about 1616 by William Strachey in England that Pocahontas had been living married to a "private captaine called Kocoum" for two years.

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Pocahontas's married John Rolfe in 1614, and no other records even hint at any previous husband, so some have suggested that Strachey was mistakenly referring to Rolfe himself, with the reference being later misunderstood as one of Powhatan's officers.

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Pocahontas was a pious man and agonized over the potential moral repercussions of marrying a heathen, though in fact Pocahontas had accepted the Christian faith and taken the baptismal name Rebecca.

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John Smith was living in London at the time while Pocahontas was in Plymouth, and she learned that he was still alive.

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Pocahontas was not a princess in Powhatan culture, but the Virginia Company presented her as one to the English public because she was the daughter of an important chief.

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In early 1617, Smith met the couple at a social gathering and wrote that, when Pocahontas saw him, "without any words, she turned about, obscured her face, as not seeming well contented, " and was left alone for two or three hours.

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Pocahontas's is commemorated by a life-sized bronze statue in St George's Churchyard, by the American sculptor William Ordway Partridge.

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In 1907, Pocahontas was the first Native American to be honored on a US stamp.

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Pocahontas's was a member of the inaugural class of Virginia Women in History in 2000.

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In July 2015, the Pamunkey Native tribe became the first federally recognized tribe in the state of Virginia; they are descendants of the Powhatan chiefdom of which Pocahontas was a member.

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Also, Pewewardy supports Green's idea of the Native princess with Pocahontas being presented as more human than her Native peers.

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Pocahontas is frequently depicted in popular culture in a manner that exemplifies the Pocahontas Perplex.

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