Although many movies try to recount the most important events and biggest accomplishments in history, many of them end up taking the focus away from the real impact of the historical event. Due to the need to create a movie that has drama and an attractive or complex story line. The 1995 version of the movie Pocahontas directed by Daniele Suissa focuses on Powhatan princess Matoaka, known as Pocahontas, and the events that resulted from English colonists settling in Powhatan lands. Although the movie incorporated a few important details of the actual historical event, overall, it poorly represented the lasting effects Pocahontas’s encounter with the settlers had on the history of colonial America. The history of Pocahontas, the Virginian …show more content…
With high hopes in creating a successful settlement and starting a money-making colony, the settlers were in no way prepared or aware of the hardships and dilemmas they were about to face for several years. Upon their arrival, colonists faced disease, famine, and multiple hardships and were watched from afar by natives who were pleased at the settlers’ struggle. The Powhatans were known for their culture of “dark superstitions and devil worship,” making them a cruel adversary to the white settlers. The natives were a major threat to the settlers; if they were captured, they would be stoned to the head and scalped for the members of their tribe to admire. Pocahontas was the favorite daughter in her father’s home, so it would be expected that she would always side with her tribe. Instead, she “effected a remarkable and significant relationship… with the small group of settlers at Jamestown […]” then years later with English royalty. Fascination with their advancements in technology drew Pocahontas to the colony. John Smith became very close to her as he taught her the English language and she taught him the native language. During the time spent at Jamestown, Pocahontas became well …show more content…
Years later, she married John Rolfe, a tobacco planter, bringing peace between the settlers and Powhatan. This was an enormous step, for Virginia needed “good publicity” to continue being funded. This was “fortified by the visit of the Algonquian princess” with her son and husband, proving that it was possible to spread Christianity to the natives. The royal court saw an opportunity and Pocahontas gained royal honor as she succeeded in connecting the two very contrasting
Pocahontas, a Powhatan Indian Princess, emerged from a culture of dark superstitions and bettered the relationship with a small group of English settlers in Jamestown and the English rulers of the New World. Her father, Chief Powhatan, was a respected and influential leader, who, by the seventeenth century had made his people not less primitive, but certainly stronger and more formidable than before. In 1605 the English were just discovering the promise land, and the Indians were just discovering the Europeans along with their weapons and diseases. Young Pocahontas managed to uphold moral relations between the Powhatan Indians and early English colonists in Jamestown, Virginia through John Smith, and English captain. Pocahontas single handily instigated one of the scarce eras of harmony between the Indians and the European colonist.
Pocahontas was an influential Indian who shaped Jamestown. Pocahontas’ real name was Matoaka. She was the daughter of Wahunsenaca or chief Powhatan. Pocahontas was a Powhatan Indian and at the time the Powhatan tribe was strong. It was Pocahontas who helped save a colonist named John Smith from being clubbed to death. Because Pocahontas had saved John Smith she built trust between the colonists and the Powhatans. Pocahontas became an important figure for the peace and negotiation during this time period. She had helped the Indians from not fighting the colonists and vice versa. As an immediate result of her saving John Smith the Indians and the new colonists worked together and were beneficial to each other. In the future Indian and Colonists began to fight again. But Pocahontas relationships with the colonists did not end, she continued to associate and help other
The Americans had many problems with the Native Americans during the Colonial period. Sometimes the Americans were even taken as captives by the Indians. In New England alone, an estimated 1,641 with captives were taken between 1675 and 1763. Among two of these were Mary Rowlandson and James Smith. Mary Rowlandson was a reverend’s wife from Massachusetts during the seventeenth century and James Smith was cutting a wagon trail in Pennsylvania during the eighteenth century. Even though they were both taken to be used in the Indian villages, because of their gender, their time with the Indians differed greatly in how they were treated and how their thoughts of the Indians were influenced.
Pocahontas was a “ shadow of the forest” made into something larger by the ethnocentric imaginations of European culture. They created this woman to portray an idealistic native, a peacemaker between the two civilizations of European settlers and Indians, and a light for the future of Caucasian influence in the new world. There are stories that are truthful and reflect the welcoming of Natives, however there was not just one woman who created peace between the Indian civilization and Europeans. The English created Pocahontas to promote settlement in the New World. Every Native who aided the English settlers were nothing more than shadows of the forest, but together they all impacted the future of the New World. Without the creation of Pocahontas,
The most interesting part of the chapter was the non-Walt Disney version of events during the founding of Jamestown colony. John Smith is responsible for most of the information available about him, and he was not modest in describing his adventures, or entirely truthful. Pocahontas was first described as being a young girl when she rescued Smith from execution. Smith’s later telling of the story aged her a little more. She was still too young to have had a romantic relationship with Smith. It is even possible that he made up the events, since Pocahontas wasn’t even mentioned in his accounts of until she was famous. Also, the execution may not have been real but a mock event as part of a ceremony. Powhaten might have been making Smith a subordinate. Pocahontas converted to Christianity, took the name Rebecca, married an Englishman, John Rolfe, and was held up as an example of success in civilizing the natives, at least until her untimely death.
Spanish conquistadores such as Cortes and Pizarro were especially harsh, completely destroying the Aztec and Incan empires. Some natives, such as Chief Powhatan and his daughter Pocahontas, attempted to create friendly relations with the European settlers. The marriage of Pocahontas to colonist John Rolfe was successful towards maintaining peace for a short period of time, but the Anglo-Powhatan Wars soon broke out, and the Powhatans were banished from their homeland. European settlers also believed in converting the natives to their own religion, and the Spanish Mission System in California was established as a
Powhatan was a powerful chief who had many wives, of them he had a favorite daughter named Matoaka which means the playful one. She was born around 1595 into the Algonkian Tribe as a princess. The name Matoaka could only be used within her own clan, so that is where then name Pocahontas came from, which means mischievous. Powhatan was in control of many tribes which gave his children a somewhat easy lifestyle. Pocahontas was a curious person with an interest in the English language, and would visit the colonist often. During this time Pocahontas met and befriended John Smith, they would teach each other their language and customs. Pocahontas saw how the colonist were suffering with low food supplies and urged her people to help them. Powhatan
Sure, Smith might not have wanted to say anything bad about the natives while living near them. However, Smith’s story “True Relation” (published in 1608) has no mention of Pocahontas at all. If Pocahontas was such a relevant character in the event, why was she not even mentioned at the publishing of the story? Also, “Why would a chief who had been so friendly before, suddenly decide to kill John Smith?” (Lewis A). Because the stories just don’t match up correctly, the credibility of what he wrote in England is severely
Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma written by Camilla Townsend is a biographical novel written to provide a more in depth view of the feelings of both the natives and the Old World English. The novel is set in late sixteenth century and early seventeenth century and follows the narrative of Pocahontas’s life while including the thoughts and actions of her relative native people in addition to the thoughts of the Englishmen of Jamestown. Townsend’s novel uses primary and secondary sources to personalize and summarizes the story of Pocahontas in a new story-like way that makes her life relatable to readers.
Anybody familiar with Disney is familiar with the fact that it owns nearly half the planet. Unlike other conglomerate companies, Disney is a pleasant and family friendly company. But, due to capitalism, even the nicest of companies have to find ways to make more money. The decision in the end that they finally seemed to come to, is that diversity sells. They realized America was sick of seeing white princesses be swept away by white princes, and living happily ever after. When Disney was picking a race to cater to, they decided to pay homage to the Native Americans, the Powhatan tribe in particular. But at what cost? Disney's Pocahontas is an incredibly disrespectful and white-washed movie and that needs to be brought to light. Some of the
Many people have heard of the renowned story of Pocahontas and John Smith; a girl who saves a guy’s life and they may or may not have fallen in love. But did Pocahontas really save John Smith? In John Smith’s books, Powhatan (Pocahontas’s father) turns from friendly to suddenly hostile. Furthermore, John Smith only even mentioned Pocahontas in his second book, after she had passed away. He also took credit for many of Pocahontas’s achievements. This scenario is a heavily debated subject, and from the evidence I was presented, Pocahontas did not save John Smith.
Inside, he witnessed chief Powhatan – Pocahontas’ father – lying in comfort, surrounded by women he thought to be the chief’s wives . According to Barbour, Smith was treated well and given food and drink. What happened next was more exciting than a modern day film could depict, but also very complicated to explain in a film geared toward younger audiences. After some dicussion among the elders, "two big stones were brought in, and Smith was forcibly stretched out on them.
The General History of Virginia, New England, and the Summer Isles by John Smith, portrays the enormous troubles the settlers were faced with by the Native Americans. He explains how he was captured by Indians and also saved by a young Native American girl, Pocahontas. He vividly describes the ceremonies and rituals of the Natives performed before his execution. However, the execution never occurred due to the tremendous mercy showed by the king’s daughter who blanketed John Smith’s body her own. Pocahontas went on to persuade the Native Americans to help the settlers by giving them food and other necessities. Despite her efforts to reach peaceful grounds, her people were still bitter and planned an attacks on the colony. Nevertheless, Pocahontas saved them once again by warning the settlers of attacks. Pocahontas went on to marry an Englishman and traveled to England. She resembled the prosperity and good that was to be found in an untamed land.