I have committed her story to memory. She haunts me.
Matoaka, nicknamed Pocahontas (mischievous one), was the beloved daughter of Wahunsenacawh (Powhatan). She is most famous for "saving" Captain John Smith's life. The Powhatan people had an initiation process that donned the appearance of a potential execution. She had to act the part of the Savior and spare him. They became friends but not lovers (she was approximately ten years of age and he was well into his twenties). When tensions ran high with the colonists, Pocahontas was the peace keeper and mediator. She was kidnapped for a time and after her release, she met a tobacco grower named John Rolfe. Before her marriage to Rolfe, she chose the Christian name "Rebecca". Rolfe became the first tobacconist in the New World and quite wealthy as well. The Rolfes' had one son, Thomas. Pocahontas died in 1617 aged 22. Most likely of Smallpox. She is buried in Gravesend, Kent, England. She has more than one million descendants alive today.