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Strachey's A Dictionarie of the Indian Language

Smith's Vocabulary of Indian words

Weroances and Their Tribes

English Observers

William Strachey' s Description of Critters in the Chesapeake Bay

Henry Spelman, Relation of Virginia, 1609


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How was Pocahontas kidnapped?

In 1613, Samuel Argall enlisted the aid of Iopassus, the lesser weroance of Patawomeck, to help capture Pocahontas. Iopassus convinced his brother that it was in their best interest to help Argall in his plan in order to preserve the friendship of the English. Pocahontas accompanied a wife of Iopassus to see Argall's ship. After all were on board, Pocahontas was the only one not permitted to leave.

During the year Pocahontas was held hostage, she learned English manners and religion. She married one of her instructors, a 28-year-old widower named John Rolfe. Prior to her wedding Pocahontas was baptized into the Church of England and changed her name to "Rebecca."
Marriage of Pocahontas
Marriage of Pocahontas

The marriage of Pocahontas to John Rolfe in 1614 granted a few peaceful years between the English and the Powhatans. The time of peace ended with the deaths of Pocahontas in 1617 and Powhatan in 1618. Opitchanpan, Powhatan's brother and heir, became the paramount chief after Powhatan's death. After just a few months, he stepped down and allowed his brother, Opechancanough, to assume control.



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