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POCAHONTAS

POCAHONTAS, born 1595, was a native Indian girl, the daughter of a chief of network tributary tribal nations, and was known for her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia. She is said to have saved the life of an Indian captive, Englishman, John Smith in 1607 by placing her head upon his own when her father raised his war club to execute him. They became friends after this and she helped save the lives of the first colonists to settle in Jamestown by visiting often and bringing them food through the winter on her excursions to see John Smith. One winter Smith was injured and when she came to see him the villagers told her he was dead. They sent him back to England to recover and Pocahontas stopped coming to the town.

Many years passed and she disappeared from the lives of the people of Jamestown. She was captured in a raid of her village and, while in captivity, she converted to Christianity and married John Rolfe an English colonist from Jamestown, whom she had fallen in love with. They had a son Thomas. This relationship brought many years of peace between the Jamestown colonists and the Indians in the area.