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Pocahontas (Matoaka or Lady Rebecca) - Native American Princess

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Birth:

c. 1595, Virginia Region

Death:

March 21, 1617, England

Early Influences:

  • Saved the life of Captian John Smith from execution by her tribe
  • Converted to Christianity
  • Married John Rolfe, a successful tobacco planter

Education:

  • No formal education

Major Accomplishments:

  • Saved the life of Captain John Smith thereby fostering Native American/Colonist relationship

Significance:

  • After saving John Smith's life, she helped bring food to the starving English colonists
  • Helped bring peace between the English colonists and the Indians after being captured by the colonists and marrying John Rolfe.
  • Showed England that not all 'Indians' were savages as many of them thought

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