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The story of Pocahontas happened the same time as 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 or eleven The event that captured her fame was her rescue of Captain John Smith from murder at the hands of her father She almost single handily saved the Jamestown colonists from starvation and massacre Pocahontas final act of devotion to the colonists was when she was arranged a visit to London by the Virginia Company This established the Jamestown colony not only as a gesture of appreciation to Pocahontas but also as a means of stimulating further interest in the New World colonization She never saw her homeland again after that Pocahontas was an Indian princess daughter of Powhatan the powerful chief of the Algonquian Indians in the Tidewater region of Virginia She was born around 1595 Her real name was Matoaca though she is better known as Pocahontas which means Little Mischief She probably saw white men for the first time in May 1607 when Englishmen landed at Jamestown The one she found most likable was Captain John Smith Smith was leading an expedition in December 1607 when he was taken prisoner by some Indians He was taken to Chief Powhatan and later forced to stretch out on two large flat stones ready to be executed Suddenly Pocahontas rushed in and took Smiths head in her arms and laid her own upon his to save his life Powhatan and Smith eventually became friends and adopted Smith as his son or subordinate chief Pocahontas was a frequent visitor to Jamestown a delivering messages from her father and accompanied Indian bringing food and furs to trade for hatchets and trinkets She admired Smith very much and would talk with him during her visits Unfortunately relations with the Powhatans worsened Even though she had been allowed to come and
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