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Pocahontas in Jamestown

Pocahontas (ca. 1596-1617) was the daughter of Powhatan, the Pamunkey chief who ruled the confederation of Indian tribes surrounding Jamestown, and the wife of John Rolfe, a Jamestown settler. John Smith claimed she saved his life when he was captured by Indians in 1607, and that she was a valuable liaison between the Algonquian and English communities.

Taken captive in 1613 in an attempt to secure the release of English settlers held by Powhatan, Pocahontas converted to Christianity and married John Rolfe. In 1616, she traveled with her husband and son to England, where she was celebrated as a symbol of the potential for English and Christian success in the New World. She died aboard ship en route back to America in 1617.

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