The story of Pocahontas coincides with the founding of Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in the New World. Her story begins with her first visit to the colony as a child of ten and ends with her journey to England with her English husband, John Rolfe, and their young son.
The event which catapulted her to fame was, of course, her rescue of Captain John Smith from murder at the hands of her father, Chief Powhatan, and his warriors. But the more significant contribution she made was her almost single-handed deliverance of the Jamestown colonists from starvation and massacre. Without her compassionate gifts of food and warnings about her father’s plots against them, the Jamestown settlers would probably have met the same fate as that of the Roanoke settlers.
Author: Grace Steele Woodward