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Pocahontas

Posted by on May. 9, 2012 at 3:21 PM
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Pocahontas was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, in March 1595. Her real Native American name, given by her father, Chief Powhatan, was Matoaka. Her pet name was Pocahontas, meaning "my favorite daughter" and "frolicsome." In 1607, settlers came to the Chesapeake Bay area and a man named John Smith, the military leader of Jamestown, was taken prisoner by her people some years later. Pocahontas was the one who saved John Smith's life, possibly having flung herself over him as he was about to be clubbed to death, but this has not been proven true. After saving him, she urged her Native American people that he be returned to Jamestown and her father, Chief Powhatan, honored her request.

From this point forward, Pocahontas began to visit Jamestown frequently, often bearing food for the hard-working settlers. It was her friendship that helped preserve the peace between the Native Americans and the settlers.

In 1609, John Smith returned to England and the friendship between the settlers and the Native Americans began to deteriorate. Then, in the spring of 1613, she was taken prisoner by Captain Samuel Argall, wanting to use her to create a permanent peace between the settlers and the Native Americans. She was not treated badly however and she was converted to Christianity and baptized as Lady Rebecca.

Once Chief Powhatan had paid the ransom for Pocahontas, Pocahontas was free to go back to her people. However, during her kidnapping, she had fallen in love with a settler named John Rolfe. Very soon after, Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married with the agreement of Chief Powhatan and Virginia's governer, Sir Thomas Dale. In 1616, she and John Rolfe traveled to England and there, her image was worshipped throught the country and she was even presented to King James I. But when she was planning to return to America, she came down with small pox and died in Gravesend, Kent, England, in March 1617.

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TheJerseyGirl
by on May. 9, 2012 at 4:46 PM

 Very interesting!

amy7243
by Member on May. 9, 2012 at 5:17 PM

 Interesting info!!

bhwrn1
by on May. 9, 2012 at 8:34 PM

TFS

slw123
by Member on May. 9, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I remember this from school.  Well, I forgot about it until I read it again.........

MamaMandee
by Mandee on May. 9, 2012 at 9:31 PM
LOL that's how I have felt on a few of these!

Quoting slw123:

I remember this from school.  Well, I forgot about it until I read it again.........

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ceciliam
by on May. 9, 2012 at 10:46 PM

good

Kainalu55
by Malia on May. 10, 2012 at 2:54 AM

interesting!

Mrs.Pool2Be
by on May. 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM

Interesting!!!

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