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POCAHONTAS (1595-1617), Indian princess, daughter of an Indian chief, Powhatan, twice saved the life of Captain John Smith (q.v.).
Cajoled to Jamestown in 1612, she embraced Christianity, was baptised Rebecca, married an Englishman, John Rolfe (1585-1622), i 1613, and came to England with him in 1616. Having embarked for Virginia, she died off Gravesend in 1617. She left one son and several Virginia families claim descent from her. See John Smith, Travels and Works (2 vols. 1910) and Life y G. S.. Woodward (1970)
John Smith (1580-1631), English adventurer, born at Willoughby, Lincolnshire, was apprenticed to a Lynn merchant,
Ref: Chambers Biographical Dictionary, eds. J. O. Thorne & T. C. Collocott, London, Chambers, 1984, p. 1068.
but went to France and saw some soldiering under Henry IV. Next he served with distinction against the t\urks in Hungary, but was captured and sold as a slave. In 1605 he joined an expedition to colonize Virginia; and he was saved from death by Princess Pocohontas (q.v.) His energy and tact in dealign with the Indians was useful to th cooloists and he was elected president of the colony in 1609. During 1610-1617 he was again in North Virginia. His works, reprnted in 1910, include A Description of New England (1616) and History of Virginia (1624. See Lives by Schreiber (1782), Warner (1881), Bradley (1905), Johnson (1915), Syme (1954) and Barbour (1964).
Ref: Chambers Biographical Dictionary, eds. J. O. Thorne & T. C. Collocott, London, Chambers, 1984, p. 1240.
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