|A native American princess|
|Virginia. English Captain Argall takes Pocahontas the daughter of King Powhatan on board his ship. © NMM|
Creating peace between the Englishmen colonising Jamestown and the native American tribes of Eastern Virginia.
Her life ended with a triumphal tour of England, where she was treated as a visiting princess. She met James I, the Royal Family and the best of London society.
Before her ship left London, she contracted an unknown disease - possibly pneumonia, smallpox or tuberculosis. When it became apparent that she would not survive the voyage home to Virginia, she was taken ashore and died.
She was buried in a churchyard in Gravesend, aged only 21 or 22.
|The Portraictuer of Captayne John Smith Admirall of New England. © NMM|
Powhatan, her father, allegedly had 100 wives, with one child by each. James I had Powhatan crowned Emperor of Virginia, making Pocahontas a princess outranking a lot of English nobility.
When John Rolfe - whom she later married - first sailed to Jamestown he was shipwrecked in Bermuda by a terrible storm. A report of this event, by a fellow passenger, may have inspired Shakespeare’s play The Tempest.
|c.1595||Born in the Tidewater area of Virginia to a native American chief, Powhatan, and one of his many wives.|
|1607||Met Captain John Smith, an English explorer taken captive by her tribe. Legend has it that she saved him from being executed by her father and they became friends.|
|1610||She apparently married a native American named Kocoum.|
|1612||Another English explorer named Captain Samuel Argall captured.|
|1613||While captured, she met John Rolfe, an English tobacco planter. Dale obtained her ransom and she was returned to her family.|
|1614||Pocahontas was baptised and married John Rolfe. They had a son named Thomas.|
|1616||Sir Thomas Dale went to London to raise funds for his Virginia Company. For extra publicity, he took Pocahontas with him. She was presented to James I and reunited with John Smith, whom she believed was dead.|
|1617||Rolfe decided to return to Virginia with his family but Pocahontas was ill. She died and was buried in Gravesend.|