Who was Pocahontas? She was the daughter of one of the many wives of
Powhata, an Indian chief of the Algonquian Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia.
And Pocahontas was an Indian princess. Pocahontas was born most likely in what\u2019s now
called Wicomico, Gloucester, Virginia, at the time of 1595, her birth name was Matoaka,
but she is better known as Pocahontas which means \u201cLittle Wanton\u2019 playful young girl.
Pocahontas fist became familiarized with the English colonist who had settled in
the Chesapeake Bay area in 1607. Pocahontas and her tribe had watched these settlers
from a distance building Forts and searching for food. There is one settler who is very
well known in the history of Pocahontas, his name was John Smith. It is said that John
Smith and two English settlers were ambushed by a group of Indians. The Indians had
killed the two settlers that were with John smith and they took John Smith to Chief
Powhatan. He was held captive for two months until Powhatan decided to have the
English settler clubbed to death as part of an Indian ritual.
The plan was ruined when 11 year old Pocahontas throws herself between John Smiths attackers and places her head on top of his, causing her father to surrender. After this incident John Smith was on good terms with the Indians, and became good friends with Pocahontas. He had promised Powhatan several guns. He didn\u2019t bring him guns but he had other people to send him goods instead.
Pocahontas would often go to Jamestown to send messages from her father or things to trade; while in Jamestown she would often visit John Smith. She had stopped the visits when John Smith was sent back to England in 1609 because of a gun powder accident he had. Later on in 1610, she had married an Indian tribesman named Kocoum and was unseen in the English village for a while.
There was a resourceful man in Jamestown by the name of Captain Samuel
Argall, when he had learned who Pocahontas was he had thought of a plan to kidnap her,
he wanted to use her to get the white settlers that her father was holding prisoner. Samuel
had lured Pocahontas to his ship and that\u2019s where he had told her she wouldn\u2019t be leaving
Samuel sent word to Pohwatan that he would only return his daughter if he
released the white men he was holding prisoner. Pohwatan only sent half the ransom
asking that they treat her daughter well. She was held captive for a year, and went back to
Jamestown with Captain Samuel Argall in April 1613. She soon had moved to the new
settlement, Henrico, this settlement was under the leadership of Sir Thomas Dale.
Later on, she started being educated on the Christian faith. She then converted
Christian and got baptized with the name of Rebecca. Pocahontas met a successful
tobacco planter named John Rolfe in July, 1613, a man she would soon marry.
Pocahontas learned to enjoy her life and role in the settlement. Almost a year of being
captive, Pocahontas was guarded by 150 English men and was brought to Pohwatas
territory so she could get the rest of the ransom.
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