Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Pocahontas- Mischief and Joy

Native American princess Pocahontas was born around 1595 near Jamestown, Virginia. She first met English settlers in Jamestown Colony in 1607. Pocahontas and John Smith developed a friendship. She gave food to the colonists and warned them of an upcoming attack. When Smith left the colony in 1609, Pocahontas ended her support. In 1613 she married John Rolfe in the first U.S. mixed marriage.

Profile (born 1596, near present-day Jamestown, Virginia, U.S.—died March 1617, Gravesend, Kent, England) Powhatan Indian woman who fostered peace between English colonists and Native Americans by befriending the settlers at the Jamestown Colony in Virginia and eventually marrying one of them. Among her several native names, the one best known to the English was Pocahontas (translated at the time as “little wanton” or “mischievous one”). She was a daughter of Powhatan (as he was known to the English; he was also called Wahunsenacah), chief of the Powhatan empire, which consisted of some 28 tribes of the Tidewater region. Pocahontas was a young girl of age 10 or 11 when she first became acquainted with the colonists who settled in the Chesapeake Bay area in 1607.

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