The Real Life Pocahontas.
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Pocahontas (c. 1596 — 21 March 1617) was a Native American princess who was renowned for supposedly rescuing the English explorer Captain John Smith in 1608 and was a peacekeeper between the English settlers and the Powhatan tribe. She was The Chief's Daughter to Pohwatan of the Pohwatan confederacy, an alliance of Algonquian-speaking Indians in Virginia. Her name was a nickname meant "playful one", and her personal name was "Matoaka". According to Captain John Smith's Generall Historie of Virginia, published in 1624, in 1608, while helping to establish the settlement of Jamestown, Virginia, he was captured by the natives and was set before a stone altar to be killed. Just before his head was about to be bashed, Pocahontas saved his life by holding his head in her arms. While it was considered heroic, many historians are skeptical about the story, which is not found in Smith's detailed personal narrative written at the time. In 1613, Pocahontas was captured by Capt. Samuel Argall and was taken to Jamestown. There, she was converted to Christianity and adapted the name Rebecca. In 1614, with her father's approval, she married a tobacco planter named John Rolfe. Sorry, shippers Eight years of peace between the Native Americans and the English followed the marriage. She gave birth to a son Thomas in 1615, and the following year the family went to England. Pocahontas was a sensation in London and entertained King James I and VI, his queen, and his court at Whitehall, where she was given royal honours. To Pocahontas, all these honours pale in comparison to her desire to return to her homeland but, unfortunately, illness struck her while she was preparing to return to Virginia (either tuberculosis, pneumonia, or smallpox were suspected), and she succumbed to it in the spring of 1617. She was buried in the chapel of the parish church in Gravesend. Her son Thomas returned to his mother's homeland and became an important settler; many prominent Virginians, such as the First Lady Edith Wilson, claim to be his descendants.
Media associated with Pocahontas:Film — Animated
- Disney's take on Pocahontas is oftentimes the first thing that comes in mind for many. A lot of liberties were taken, such as the eponymous heroine age lifted and Capt. John Smith had a Historical Beauty Update, and the plot gradually focuses on the romance between them.
- The Direct-to-Video sequel, Journey to a New World gets slightly more historically accurate, with her going to England, meeting the king, and falling in love with John Rolfe. One significant inaccuracy in this film is that William Shakespeare got inspired to writing Theatre/Hamlet after seeing her, which in real life, the play was already written decades prior..
- Golden Films created an animated film loosely based on her life, released in 1995, the same year as Disney's version.
- The earliest film depicting her life was from 1910, titled simply as Pocahontas.
- Pocahontas and John Smith, a 1924 silent film directed by Bryan Foy
- Captain John Smith and Pocahontas, a 1953 film starring Antony Dexter as Smith, and Jody Lawrence as Pocahontas.
- Pocahontas: The Legend, a 1995 Canadian film
- The New World, a 2005 film directed by Terrence Malick and starring Qorianka Kilcher as Pocahontas, and the film focusing on her life and her role on Jamestown.
- Pocahontas by Neil Young. It's about the singer having a desire to sleep with her as "part of his romantic yearning to return to a preconquest, natural world".
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