What Are Some Facts About Pocahontas?

What Are Some Facts About Pocahontas?

Some facts about Pocahontas include that she is estimated it to have been born around 1596, her real name was Matoaka, she had 26 brothers and sisters and she supposedly saved the life of John Smith in 1608.

Historians believe that Matoaka, later to be known as Pocahontas, was born in 1596 in Virginia. Her father, Powhatan, was the paramount chief of Tsenacommacah, an alliance of about thirty Algonquian-speaking groups. Though Pocahontas had 26 siblings, she claimed to be her father's favorite.

Because of her father's status, Pocahontas has been considered in popular culture to be a princess. As a young girl, she interacted with settlers of the newly formed Jamestown Colony and befriended John Smith. In December 1607, while exploring on the Chickahominy River, Smith was captured by a hunting party led by a family member of Pocahontas.

According to Smith, Pocahantas's actions kept Smith from being killed by Powhatan's men. Smith’s account in 1616 describes that she threw herself in front of him in order to save him from being beaten to death.

Some historians believe that Smith may have misunderstood what had happened to him. Where Smith thought he was to be executed, the event was actually a ceremonial rite of initiation into the tribe.