AD 1607: Powhatan Chiefdom fights encroaching Virginia Colony
Opechancanough, the brother of Chief Powhatan of the powerful Powhatan Chiefdom, is disturbed by England’s encroachment on Powhatan territory and leads an assault on the newly founded colony of Virginia.
Captain John Smith writes about Virginia and the colony’s interactions with the Powhatan Chiefdom. His books The Generall Historie of Virginia and The True Travels … of Captain John Smith tell stories of Pocahontas, who when he first meets her is 11 years old. Today, scholars say Smith’s interpretation of events is romanticized and bears little relationship to what was likely a ceremonial trial in which the young Pocahontas was one participant.
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