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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Near Stafford in Stafford County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Kidnapping of Pocahontas

Kidnapping of Pocahontas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
1. Kidnapping of Pocahontas Marker
Inscription.  Near here, Pocahontas visited friends among the Patawomecks on the Potomac River in April 1613. Capt. Samuel Argall saw an opportunity to capture Pocahontas and exchange her for English prisoners held by her father Chief Powhatan. Argall sought out Iopassus, the chief of the Indian town of Passapatanzy. After Argall made veiled threats, Iopassus obtained permission from his brother the Patawomeck district chief to aid Argall. Iopassus had one of his wives insist that Pocahontas accompany her on a tour of Argall’s ship. Once aboard, Pocahontas was detained, the ship departed, and she was held captive elsewhere in the colony. During negotiations for her exchange, Pocahontas married John Rolfe in 1614.
Erected 2001 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number E-48.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansSettlements & SettlersWaterways & VesselsWomen.
Location. 38° 22.529′ N, 77° 27.087′ 
Kidnapping of Pocahontas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Kevin White, August 30, 2007
2. Kidnapping of Pocahontas Marker
W. Marker is near Stafford, Virginia, in Stafford County. Marker is on Jefferson Davis Highway (U.S. 1) 0.4 miles from Centreport Parkway, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Stafford VA 22555, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Marlborough (here, next to this marker); "Lest We Forget" (approx. 1.2 miles away); Land for God's Work (approx. 1½ miles away); Milton Snellings (approx. 1.6 miles away); Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Original Bell of Hulls Memorial Baptist Church (approx. 1.7 miles away); History at Leeland Station (approx. 2.3 miles away); From Indian Path to Highway (approx. 2½ miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Stafford.
More about this marker. This marker replaced a marker with the same number, but titled “Potomac Creek,” erected in the late 1920s or early 1930s about 1½ miles south where the road crosses the creek. It read, “Near the mouth of this creek, several miles east, explorers in 1608 found an Indian village called ‘Petomec,’ from which the river took its name. There the Indian princess, Pocahontas, was kidnapped by Captain Argall in 1613. There travelers landed from steamers to take the stage to Fredericksburg; early railroad terminus. Charles Dickens landed there, going to Richmond, and returned the same way, March, 1842.”
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers about Pocahontas.
Also see . . .  Powhatan’s Daughter, Pocahontas, Taken Prisoner, 1613. A personal account of the incident, originally published in The Capital and the Bay: Narratives of Washington and the Chesapeake Bay Region, ca. 1600-1925 and currently hosted on the Libray of Congress Website. (Submitted on August 31, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.) 
Additional keywords. abduction, human trafficking
Pocahontas -- Lady Rebecca, (c. 1595 - 1617) image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, December 20, 2011
3. Pocahontas -- Lady Rebecca, (c. 1595 - 1617)
Detail of a portrait by an unknown artist (painted after 1616) in the National Portrait Gallery (NPG-42-21)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2019. It was originally submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 6,805 times since then and 99 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 30, 2007, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.   3. submitted on July 28, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
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