The Dark Story of Pocahontas

Dark Story of Pocahontas

American Indian Princess Pocahontas is in ASMR Aaron

Once upon a time, in the land of the Powhatan, there lived a little girl who we all know today as the American Indian princess, Pocahontas.

But how did Amonute transform into Princess Pocahontas? How did she get caught in the middle of a war between Native Americans and European colonists? How did she know Captain John Smith and did they really fall in love? How did she wind up thousands of miles away, in the land of England? Is she really a Princess? One thing’s for sure – this ain’t no Disney fairy tale!

It’s time for me to answer all these questions and more since this is ASMR Aaron back at it again with another daily video to help you relax. So, lay back and enjoy the ride. I hope this video gets you through your day or even better I hope this read helps you gently fall asleep. I can’t wait to get started. This is the tale of Princess Pocahontas…

 The Birth of Pocahontas

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Amonute, who was born into a powerful collection of tribes known as the Powhatan in 1595. The ruler of this tribe was Chief Powhatan, Amonute’s father. Sadly her mother died giving birth. Where did the name ‘Pocahontas’ come from and what does it mean? It translates as ‘Playful One’ and while that isn’t a definitive meaning, it certainly seems to have summed up little Pocahontas. She was apparently a happy child with an inquiring mind. Another name used for her was Matoaka.

When it came to her upbringing, Pocahontas was far from a Princess. She was required to master the art of stuff like cooking and making clothes. Things women were expected to do at that time. But she also learned about building and farming, so she had must have had some pretty sweet skills under her belt.

It wasn’t long before Princess Pocahontas’ life was turned upside town. Colonists from Europe landed on Powhatan shores in 1607, when she was still a child. They named the land they lived on Virginia and amongst their number was a Captain John Smith. While Pocahontas and Smith are believed to have been friends, there were tensions between the colonists and the Powhatan. Tensions that erupted into violence.

Captain Smith was one day abducted by Pocahontas’ brother. By his account he was going to be executed but she intervened and saved his life. She would do this not once, but twice! Later on Pocahontas warned Captain Smith of an attack being mounted by the Powhatan, who wanted to show the colonists who was in charge of the territory once and for all.

The colonists were struggling to establish themselves and relied on the Powhatan to sustain them. Pocahontas played a key role in this, acting as an emissary. Yet still the hostilities carried on, and it was only a matter of time before this situation impacted on Princess Pocahontas forever.

The Dark Adventurous Life of American Indian Princess

She was kidnapped by another Captain, the dastardly Samuel Argall. He took her away from her husband Kocoum, who she’d married in 1609. Reportedly Argall negotiated with Chief Powhatan for his daughter’s safe return. The Chief wouldn’t meet the Captain’s conditions, so Pocahontas stayed on the ship. It was the beginning of a whole new chapter in her life.

It wasn’t how she thought things would turn out for sure. But Pocahontas learned English, converted to Christianity and got married again. Her second husband was John Rolfe, a colonist and cultivator of tobacco. Pocahontas and John had a son, Thomas. The partnership was politically useful and she wouldn’t have been free unless she entered into the arrangement. However they became a kind of power couple, whose inspiring union brought the two warring sides together for a while. At this point Pocahontas had her name changed to ‘Rebecca’.

Journey to England

In 1616 the family set sail for England. This was part of a mission on behalf of the Virginia Company, who’d sent the colonists in the first place. While Pocahontas couldn’t really be described as a Princess before, she certainly was now. Well, she went by the title “Lady Rebecca Rolfe” anyway, and was celebrated in London society. She met the British Royal Family, where she probably encountered some English princesses.

We’d like to say things ended Happily Ever After for Princess Pocahontas but tragically they didn’t. She was set to return to America when the voyage was forced to divert to Gravesend in the English county of Kent. Pocahontas was fatally ill, though it’s not clear with what. Some think she might even have been poisoned! She passed away in 1617 having just entered her twenties, and was buried in Kent many miles from her home.

Disney movie and Controversy about Pocahontas

The controversy about Pocahontas focuses on depictions of her in the media. You may have seen the Disney movie about Pocahontas. It did not happen like that! In the House of Mouse version Captain John Smith is a chiselled hero voiced by Mel Gibson. The reality appears to be quite different. Doubt was cast on whether Pocahontas saved Smith’s life that day at all. They were reportedly close but Captain Smith only described being put to death by the Powhatan later. So his tale of escaping execution is regarded today as a myth. He’s thought to have done that to boost his profile. Pocahontas ran into her pal in London and, according to the records, while she was glad to see him she also berated him over what had happened with the Powhatan.

Perhaps worst of all, the Disney release showed a romance between Captain Smith and Pocahontas. This seems to be way out of whack! She was way too young for starters. Unfortunately the movie script is what many associate with Princess Pocahontas. However her story is presented, she remains an intriguing figure and one who’ll be remembered in history forever…

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