Pocahontas: More than just a Disney princess

By Katlyn Marotz, Senior Managing Editor & Sports Editor

             Katlyn Marotz

The brave Powhatan Native American woman Pocahontas is the daughter of Chief Powhatan, the ruler of the Powhatan tribal nation. She was given the name Pocahontas, which means “playful one,” because of her cheery and vivid disposition and nature.

She was born around 1595 in Werowocomoco, VA, and died in March,1617. She is most known for her association with the colonial settlers of Jamestown, VA. She has become a folk icon because of her connection to John Smith, when she saved him twice from getting killed and ambushed. She was imprisoned by the English in 1613 after being lured onto a ship in order to make the Powhatan tribe release English prisoners and weapons and send over food. During this imprisonment, she met and married her future husband, John Rolfe, in April 1614. This helped bring peace between the English and the Powhatan tribe.