Pocahontas: A Legendary Woman
By: Macy Lee Cansler
Birth - Death: Her Full on Legacy
When she was ten, she moved back to her father's village and started to do more hardcore jobs such as cleaning and tanning deer hides, canoeing, and gathering reeds to make mats. She helped cook and prepare foods, roasted meat, and helped her step-mothers with their chores as well. She met John Smith in December of 1607. Smith was an English settler that had come to Virginia. He was captured by Powhatan warriors and was brought to Powhatan, who was dressed in many deerskins and wore jewelry made of shells, copper, and pearls. The village gave him a feast then laid his head between two rocks and prepared to murder him. It is unknown why Powhatan did this, but it is theorized that he was trying to show he had power over the English men. Pocahontas loved him and laid her hand under his head, laid her own head on his, pleaded to her father saying, " I won't! I love him, Father. Look around you. This is where the path of hatred has brought us. This is the path I choose, Father. What will yours be?"
Pocahontas later became better friends with John and bribed him to let prisoners from her tribe free. Pocahontas, with the help of tribe mates, gave food to the people of Jamestown during the winter. John Smith left for another voyage in 1609 and Pocahontas was told that he was dead. She stopped coming to Jamestown after that.
About four years later she was found near an English town and became a prisoner. Powhatan found out and tried to bribe the English, but they refused and Powhatan left her with the English. She started to dress like the English, live like them, and got baptized with her English name Rebecca. She met John Rolfe and married him in April 1614. The next year Pocahontas gave birth to her son Thomas. In 1616 she traveled with her family on a ship to England. They were joined by some of the Powhatan people. They landed in June and were taken through London in a carriage. She went to a party on one occasion and met the king of England. On the journey back to Virginia, she became deathly ill and died on that journey.