Paid Advertisement
Historynet/feed historynet feedback facebook link World History Group RSS feed World History Group Subscriptions Historynet Home page


Facts, information and articles about Pocahontas, a Famous Woman In History

Pocahontas Facts






John Rolfe


Saving the life of Captain John Smith; creating a bond between the Powhatan Indians and the Jamestown colonists, enabling the colony to survive

Pocahontas Articles

Explore articles from the History Net archives about Pocahontas

» See all Pocahontas Articles

Pocahontas summary: Pocahontas, born Matoaka, was the daughter of a Powhatan Indian chief and was born around the year 1595 in Werowocomoco, Virginia. When English colonists settled in Jamestown in 1607, Pocahontas befriended them. She played with some of the children of the colonists, and the parents grew fond of her as well; on a whole, the situation between the Powhatans and the colonists was tenuous.

Tensions continued between the colonists and the Powhatan Indians. In 1608, the leader of the colony, Captain John Smith, was captured by Powhatan’s men. Smith claims that Pocahontas pleaded for them to spare Smith’s life and they did, and by doing so, she saved the colony of Jamestown. Despite this salvation of Smith, relations between other Englishmen and the Native Americans remained tense.

In 1613, Pocahontas was taken hostage by an English ship captain, Samuel Argall. Argall wished to exchange Pocahontas for several Englishmen who were being held by the Powhatans and for numerous supplies, including tools, that the Native Americans had stolen from them. Pocahontas was taken to Jamestown, where the governor, Sir Thomas Dale, impressed by her manners and her intelligence, treated her kindly. She was instructed in Christianity and baptized, given the Christian name Rebecca.

One of the colonists, John Rolfe, became enamored with Pocahontas and asked Sir Thomas Dale if he could marry her. Dale agreed, as did her father, and the two were married. The marriage between the two helped bring a period of peace between the colonists and the Natives. In 1616, Pocahontas was invited to England, where she met the King and Queen. During her visit, she contracted small pox. In 1617, while still in England, Pocahontas died from her illness.

Paid Advertisement
Paid Advertisement
History Net Daily Activities
History net Spacer
History net Spacer
Historynet Spacer

Which of these wars resulted in the most surprising underdog upset?

View Results | See previous polls

Loading ... Loading ...
History net Spacer
RSS Feed Daily Email Update
History net Spacer
Paid Advertisement

Paid Advertisement
What is HistoryNet? is brought to you by World History Group, the world's largest publisher of history magazines. contains daily features, photo galleries and over 5,000 articles originally published in our various magazines.

If you are interested in a specific history subject, try searching our archives, you are bound to find something to pique your interest.

From Our Magazines
World History Group

World History Group Network:  HistoryNet | Armchair General | Achtung Panzer!
Today in History | Ask Mr. History | Picture of the Day | Daily History Quiz | Contact Us

Copyright © 2015 World History Group. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.
Advertise With Us | Subscription Help | Privacy Policy