Pocahontas Essay

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The Famous Native American Indian Princess: PocahontasThe Native American Indian Princess named Matoaka changed America's history. She was better known as "Pocahontas," a nickname with the meaning of being mischievous, playful or spoiled. Throughout her short life she accomplished many things that have made her famous today. For example, she is mostly known for her friendship with John Smith, typically of the mythical love relationship that they shared. Pocahontas also had a courageous persona and inquisitive nature that saved John Smith's life and helped to promote peace between the nations. Lastly, her marriage to John Rolfe brought about peace between the Algonquian Indians and the English colonists.Pocahontas was the daughter of Chief Powhatan of the Algonquian Indian tribe. She was born around the year 1595 (APVA, 2000) and she was a hearty young girl. She was well surpassed her age, at least by today's standards. Pocahontas was curious about the light skinned men that came to stay in Virginia (Pemberton, 2002). She had seen men come before, but they always left and never returned. This time it was different, they had plans to stay and create a New World for themselves. John Smith, an Englishman who was one of the wild adventurers arrived at Jamestown in December of 1607. John Smith was a good firm leader, he maintained guards on the food aboard his ship and said "he who will not work, shall not eat." The reason he did this was because no one wanted to work, so to ensure that they worked, he put guards on the food. John Smith was captured by an Indian tribe, after a few days he was taken to the main chief, Chief Powhatan in Werowocomoco. That is where Pocahontas met John Smith for the very first time. Apparently John Smith was going to be killed by the Indian tribe. Pocahontas saved his life by intervening before they could do anything to him. She convinced her father to spare his life. Her father agreed and this created the friendship between Pocahontas and John Smith. He stayed with the Algonquian Indian tribe for a while (not sure how long), but he was treated kindly and generously.Pocahontas and John Smith maintained a very close friendship; she would often visit with him to converse. The mythical story about John Smith and Pocahontas is that they were in love with each other. This is not the case, as it is portrayed in the Disney movie, Pocahontas. They merely were friends and never did a romantic relationship exist between them. According to Chief Roy Crazy Horse of the Powhatan Nation the film created by Disney distorted history beyond recognition and they urged them not to make a film that was not historically correct. As we can tell, Disney ignored their requests and continued with the making of the film and released it as we know it today. They had many things that were inaccurate, such as Pocahontas' romantic relationship with John Smith, her age (from a little girl or a young woman, maybe a teenager). Chief Roy Crazy Horse said:...

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