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Pocahontas: 1608-1617

Pocahontas seizes the imagination of her age for a variety of excellent reasons. The first is her dramatic rescue of John Smith from execution in 1608. The second is her marriage in 1614 to one of the colonists in Virginia, John Rolfe. The third and most significant is the visit of Rolfe, with his bride and infant son, to London in 1618. Pocahontas delights London and is entertained in the royal palace at Whitehall. The sentimental story even has a sad ending - the Indian princess dies, in 1619, just before returning to America.

Some doubt has been cast on her saving of John Smith's life, because he makes no mention of this dramatic incident until her visit to London.

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