Pocahontas (1595?-1617)

Susan La Flesche

Pocahontas, whose Indian name was Matoaka, was probably born into the Pamunkey tribe between 1595 and 1597. Pocahontas was the favorite daughter of Powhatan, chief of the Virginia Confederacy of Tribes. It is thought that she pleaded for and saved the life of Captain John Smith of Jamestown, who had been captured by her father's warriors and sentenced to death. She is also credited with bringing food to the people of Jamestown at times when they were near starvation. Pocahontas eventually married an English planter, who brought her to England, where she died in 1617.

Source: Famous Native American Leaders - Dover Press




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