The Disney version of Ratcliffe in "Pocahontas" isn't at all what the real man was like. Smith said that Ratcliffe traded so generously with the Indians that they would lose all their provisions. On one such trading attempt, Ratcliffe was lured into a trap by a Powhatan Indian and his men were all killed. Poor Ratcliffe was tied to a tree where Indian women scraped his flesh from his bones and tossed it into a fire in front of him. "...when the sly old King [Powhatan] espied a fitting time, cut them all off, only surprised Captain Ratcliffe alive, who he caused to be bound unto a tree naked with a fire before, and by women his flesh was scraped from his bones with mussel shells, and, before his face, thrown into the fire, and so for want of circumspection miserably perished."