Many people know Pocahontas from the Disney movies. They think of her as an Indian girl who wears a mini dress and fell in love with John Smith and thought John Smith had a dog named Percy. First of all Pocahontas didn’t even wear clothes as a kid and never was in love with John Smith. And Percy was actually a colonist who followed John Smith and wrote books about the experiences. and Disney just created this movie for entertainment. Therefore they left out lots of important details and historical events that actually happened.
Pocahontas was born the year of 1595 in Jamestown. She was named Matoaka,
but goes by Pocahontas which means, playful one. Her father, Wahunsunacock also known as Powhatan sent Pocahontas and her mother to her village so she can take care of her.
When Pocahontas was just a couple of months old her mother died. And Pocahontas moved back with her father. There she got to be with her older siblings. Her father had 100 wives and a child with each one. But Pocahontas was the “apple of his eye” meaning she was his favorite.
Her fathers name was Wahunsunacock but he liked to call him self Powhatan. He was a chief. He was handed down leadership of 8 tribes. The tribes had their own villages, they hunted and fished, as well as planted corn, vegetables, and tobacco. Each year they would rebuild their villages a few miles away.
Pocahontas was married to Kocoum who was on one of Powhatan’s chiefs. He was known as a captain of the Powhatan. In the Disney movies they made it seem as though the marriage between them was just arranged but he died before it happened. When the daughter is still a child the chief would arrange the marriage to often form some type of alliance. But its up to the children whether they want to get married or chose someone else. Divorce could occur when the husband could not rescue the wife. This actually did happen. Kocoum did not rescue Pocahontas from the colonists and therefore Pocahontas could marry someone else. This was the way people would divorce. People aren’t really sure what really happened between the two but there are legends. It is also known that one of Pocahontas’s sisters was named Pocahontas and that she was actually the one who married Kocoum.
John Smith refused to trade the Powhatan guns therefore, the Indians captured him. Powhatan wanted to kill him with a stone war club. But Pocahontas saved his life by begging her father not to do so. Powhatan then adopted Smith as his son, Nantaquoud. To the English Pocahontas was the key to their survival therefore they called her the “Indian Princess”
In the Disney movies it is known that Pocahontas and John smith fall in love. However this is not true. They never fell in love they were always just friends. It is also known that he is a handsome tall clean man. However he was short, had a full beard, and war puffy pants. But the armor they showed him wearing in the movie was correct.
She also saved his life another time. Smith...