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Pocahontas

Pocahontas is a woman of myth and legend; she has mainly been depicted in fictitious movies such as the Disney version. She does have a small place in history as the one who saved John Smith, an Englishman. There was a copious amount of things that she did in the movies that did not really happen in real life. For one, she did not marry John Smith, but instead she married a man named John Rolfe, a tobacco planter. Pocahontas is a very strong woman with many traits that helps be in the elite ranks of women in the native American community. She put her life on the line to save a white settler so that is what she did that solidified herself in American history because it not only showed the courage of herself, but of her Native American Tribe. She was a brave girl who had quite the history growing up. The story of Pocahontas is an often-told tale. In the telling it has acquired mythological elements shared with other stories of encounters between Europeans and Indians, to such an extent that the original “facts” (if they are certain enough to be worthy of the name) have been distorted or obscured. In 1616 John Smith, one of the early English colonists in Virginia, recounted in a letter that ten years before he had been saved from certain death at the hand of the Powhatan Indians by a young teenage girl, named Pocahontas, who was the daughter of the chief of the Powhatans. Pocahontas grew to be on friendly terms with the colonists, but Smith made no suggestion that he was ever her lover. Smith was eventually obliged to return to England. Then, in 1613, the English took hostage Pocahontas, and in 1614 she married John Rolfe, a tobacco planter. Two years later the couple journeyed to England, where Pocahontas was presented at court. They planned to return to Virginia, but Pocahontas fell ill and died at Gravesend in 1617. The settlers also reportedly…...

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