Exploring The Life Of Pocahontas

1180 WordsFeb 17, 20175 Pages
In this paper I hope to explore the life of Pocahontas. Pocahontas is quite famous in elementary school classrooms. This is because her story fits within the larger story of the colonization of America. Also, her love affair with John Smith made a good Disney movie. How much of what I know about her life comes from Hollywood, and how much of what I know about her life comes from reality? I will examine an academic database source to find out. Pocahontas was born in 1596 to Indian chief Powhatan around the Jamestown, Virginia colony. Christopher Clausen, of American Scholar academic journal says in his piece titled, “the familiar story of Pocahontas was mirrored by that of a young Englishman given as a hostage to her father” about…show more content…
Smith said, “At the minute of my execution, she hazarded the beating out of her own brains to save mine; and not only that, but she so prevailed with her father, that I was safely conducted to Jamestown; where I found about eight and thirty miserable, poor, and sick creatures, to keep possession of all those large territories of Virginia”. Pocahontas would have been 11 at the time of her intervention. These words have often been doubted by experts, but have generally been accepted. If this is true, then Pocahontas displayed an awesome amount of selflessness, bravery, and initiative that was far beyond her time. These are commonly known events. What is usually untold about Pocahontas is what comes next. A few years later Powhatan sent his daughter to Jamestown as a gift of goodwill. With this gift, relations improved drastically between the settlers and the Native Americans. Apparently, Pocahontas was fascinated with the English people. Pocahontas may have regarded John Smith as sort of a father figure. She also functioned as a key bridge between the colonists and the Indians, so that the colonists could have aid in times of starvation. Smith never married anyone, and received serious gun shot wounds in 1609. He went back to England and died five years later. The colony of Jamestown fell into disarray and Pocahontas returned to her father. The relationship between
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