Pocahontas Research Paper

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Matoaka, also known as “Pocahontas” which translated into English meant “playful one”, was born in the year 1595. Pocahontas was “the most deare and wel-beloved” daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Algonquian Indians, which made her an Indian Princess. At the age of 12 years old, Pocahontas saved a captured colonist named John Smith from being beaten and clubbed to death by her fellow tribe members. Pocahontas’ actions in saving the colonist allowed the relationship between her and her fellow tribal members to be peaceful with the colonists that resided at Jamestown, just about 12 miles away from the tribal grounds. As a result of the peaceful relationship, a system of trade was established where Captain John Smith sent many presents to the Chief, Powhatan, while the women of the tribe provided food. Frequent visits between Captain Smith and Pocahontas occurred where sharing and exchanging gifts and messages took place. But after a while, the relationship started to weaken.…show more content…
While imprisoned, Pocahontas viewed this time as an opportunity to learn more about the culture she had very little knowledge of, but in a much larger scale. During her time in England, Pocahontas was baptized as a Christian and was given the “common” English name Rebecca. She also fell in love with an Englishman by the name of John Rolfe, who also fell for her and asked for her hand in marriage. The couple chose to get married in Jamestown, and it restored peace not only between the colonists and Indians, but the English as well for many years to

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