Her story is not a myth, and there is a lot of truth in what we learned.

She was the daughter of Powhatan, an Indian chief, and she did indeed marry an Englishman and travel to England in 1616 where she promptly died of pneumonia, but she didn’t marry Captain John Smith as many think. She married the tobacco pioneer John Rolfe. Captain Smith did tell how Pocahontas successfully begged her father to spare his life, but although heavily romanticized in fiction, the only evidence that such an event ever took place was Smith’s own dubious account.


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