Pocahontas was born as Mataoka, her mother died when she was born. She grew up with her father, Chief Powhattan, and her thirty other siblings.
Myth: She was her father's favorite daughter.
Meeting John Smith
Pocahontas' brother kidnapped John Smith and his father planned to execute him. John Smith was known for storming into Native American tribes and ruthlessly killing them. Pocahontas saved him from being executed and he was released. Pocahontas was about 10 when meeting him, and John Smith was 27.
Native American's Help
Pocahontas accompanied her father and tribe to give food and supplies to the starving settlers. Her father wanted to execute John Smith at this time, but Pocahontas told him and saved Smith once again.
Pocahontas Meets John Smith
Pocahontas meets John Smith, a captain, who was wrongly held captive by her tribe. She saves him from being executed, and they become friends.
When Pocahontas was fourteen years old, she married or was about to marry a Native American man named Kotucum. (This was not a forced marriage, as they were of different social classes and probably were only getting married because of love).
Pocahontas was lured into the ship of Captain Argall and and was kidnapped (and most likely raped) during the first Anglo-Powattan war (Kotucum was probably killed). Captain Argall threatened her father saying that he would only release her if the Chief released the English people that were being held captive. Pocahontas was released only after she met and married John Rolfe, who was teaching her about English customs at the time. She also then converted to Christianity, and brought about some peace between the Virginians and the Powhatans.
Pocahontas Falls In Love
Pocahontas falls in love with fellow tobacco farmer, John Rolfe, and they have a son named Thomas Rolfe together.
Pocahontas went to England with her husband, her two year old son, and her sister. She was presented upon the royal family, and her life, they said, proved that savages like the Native Americans could be trained to become civilized.
Pocahontas Visits England
Pocahontas visits England with her husband, one year old son, and sister. She meets the Royal Family, and also attends a ball. She was a symbol of union between the British and the Native Americans.
Pocahontas didn't survive the journey home from England and passed away there itself; she was twenty years old. Historical accounts say that she was poisoned or maybe died of pneumonia. She was buried in St George's Church, Gravesend in England.