Many people know Pocahontas from the Disney movies. They think of her as an Indian girl who wears a mini dress and fell in love with John Smith and thought John Smith had a dog named Percy. First of all Pocahontas didn’t even wear clothes as a kid and never was in love with John Smith. And Percy was actually a colonist who followed John Smith and wrote books about the experiences. and Disney just created this movie for entertainment. Therefore they left out lots of important details and historical events that actually happened.
Pocahontas was born the year of 1595 in Jamestown. She was named Matoaka,
but goes by Pocahontas which means, playful one. Her father, Wahunsunacock also known as Powhatan sent Pocahontas and her mother to her village so she can take care of her.
When Pocahontas was just a couple of months old her mother died. And Pocahontas moved back with her father. There she got to be with her older siblings. Her father had 100 wives and a child with each one. But Pocahontas was the “apple of his eye” meaning she was his favorite.
Her fathers name was Wahunsunacock but he liked to call him self Powhatan. He was a chief. He was handed down leadership of 8 tribes. The tribes had their own villages, they hunted and fished, as well as planted corn, vegetables, and tobacco. Each year they would rebuild their villages a few miles away.
Pocahontas was married to Kocoum who was on one of Powhatan’s chiefs. He was known as a captain of the Powhatan. In the Disney movies they made it seem as though the marriage between them was just arranged but he died before it happened. When the daughter is still a child the chief would arrange the marriage to often form some type of alliance. But its up to the children w...
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...ame sick. They stopped by a town close by to see a doctor they said she had small pox and would not survive. There she died at the age of 22 on March 21, 1617. And was buried in a churchyard in Gravesend, England.
Thomas Rolfe was educated in England. Later went to America and became a settler in Virginia. John Rolfe became recorder and secretary general of the colony. He remarried to a woman named Jane Pierce and had a daughter born the year of 1620 named Elizabeth Pierce.
The colony John Rolfe was in got attacked by Opechancanough its said that 350 people were killed in just an hour. Rolfe died during this incident.
As you can see Pocahontas isn’t the girl you thought she was. She is an Indian princess who has made history. There is lots of important things left out from Disney movies. And people should know the real reason why Pocahontas is part of our history.
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