Did John Smith and Pocahontas have a romantic relationship? | whitneyalyce's Blog
Smith did have a relationship with Pocahontas, but nothing like in the Disney movie. “It was a very interesting relationship, although it wasn't a. The notion that there was some kind of romance between Pocahontas and John Smith has been around since the early s, if not earlier.* John Davis's. John Smith and Pocahontas Were Just Friends. Really. > By Steve Vogel Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, May 9, The names of.
His best just was not good enough this cold day in December. In December ofCaptain Smith and some of his men were attacked and taken in by some Native American hunters. Some of Smiths men were killed and Smith was taken to their Chief, Powhatan.
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The Chief was impressed by the was Smith carried himself, along with the valuable things Smith brought from New England. John Smith was to be put on trial and cooperate in a ritual. He was questioned about his reasons for being there.
Many scholars belief that this did not happen. Other do believe this happened. The ones that believe this incident took place, believe that she was part of the ritual and it was some sort of a set up to join the colonists and indians together.
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I was working on a project comparing early relations between colonizers and Indians in Spanish America and English America when they arrived. There are truly hundreds of books over the many years that have been written about her.
But when I tried to look into it, I found that most of them were full of hogwash. Many of them had been written by people who weren't historians. When I went back and looked at the actual surviving documents from that period, I learned that much of what had been repeated about her wasn't true at all. This goes back to John Smith who marketed their relationship as a love story.
What class and cultural factors have allowed that myth to persist?
That story that Pocahontas was head over heels in love with John Smith has lasted for many generations. He mentioned it himself in the Colonial period as you say. Then it died, but was born again after the revolution in the early s when we were really looking for nationalist stories. Ever since then it's lived in one form or another, right up to the Disney movie and even today.
I think the reason it's been so popular—not among Native Americans, but among people of the dominant culture—is that it's very flattering to us. That whole idea makes people in white American culture feel good about our history. Before she could return to Virginia, she fell ill. She died in England, possibly of pneumonia or tuberculosis, and was buried at St. George's Church on March 21, How do the Pamunkey and other native people tell her story today? In general, until recently, Pocahontas has not been a popular figure among Native Americans.
When I was working on the book and I called the Virginia Council on Indians, for example, I got reactions of groans because they were just so tired. Native Americans for so many years have been so tired of enthusiastic white people loving to love Pocahontas, and patting themselves on the back because they love Pocahontas, when in fact what they were really loving was the story of an Indian who virtually worshipped white culture.
They were tired of it, and they didn't believe it. It seemed unrealistic to them. I would say that there's been a change recently. Smith claimed in his book that Powhatan planned on killing him, but Pocahontas went to his hut and warned him in advance around Scholars believe this is false for several reasons.
First, Pocahontas would have had trouble doing anything in secret because her father was the chief and her actions would have been noticed. Also, Powhatan had already offered to supply more provisions to the settlers. InSmith was injured in an accidental gunpowder explosion and returned to England for treatment.
By this point, Pocahontas was a teenager and of marriageable age. Some believe that in she married a man named Kocoum, who was not a chief and did not have a high-status position.
InPocahontas was kidnapped.
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In some accounts, Kocoum was killed. While captive, Pocahontas converted to Christianity and was given the name Rebecca. She wed Englishman John Rolfe inand they had a son, Thomas, the following year.