Near Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Matoaka, nicknamed Pocahontas (“mischievous one”), the daughter of Powhatan, was born about 1597. She served as an emissary for her father and came to Jamestown often in 1608. In 1613, Samuel Argall kidnapped Pocahontas while she visited the Patawomecks on the Potomac River. Argall hoped to exchange her for English prisoners and brought her to Jamestown. During lengthy negotiations, Pocahontas married John Rolfe in 1614, credited with developing Virginia’s first marketable tobacco crop. Pocahontas took the baptismal name Rebecca. In 1616, she traveled with Rolfe and their son, Thomas, to England where King James I and Queen Anne received her. She died at Gravesend, England, in March 1617.
By Laura Troy, September 9, 2007
1. Pocahontas Marker
Erected 2003 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number V-45.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & Religion • Colonial Era • Native Americans • Women. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1617.
Location. 37° 13.805′ N, 76° 46.799′ W. Marker is near Williamsburg, Virginia, in James
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker"Pocahontas" is in a cluster of six markers.
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City County. Marker is on Jamestown Road (Virginia Route 31) near Colonial National Historical Parkway. This marker sits on a road that runs parallel to Jamestown Rd and can be acessed off of Colonial Pkwy. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America. Touch for directions.
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Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jamestown Road (a few steps from this marker); Samuel H. Yonge, Civil Engineer (1843-1935) (a few steps from this marker); First Germans at Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); First Africans In Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); First Africans in English America (within shouting distance of this marker); Jamestown (within shouting distance of this marker); First Poles Arrive (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Greate Road (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
More about this marker. This marker sits with four others V-44, WT-1, WT-2, W-38.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Other markers concerning the kidnapping of Pocahontas.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Pocahontas Statue
This statue of Pocahontas is located a few miles from the marker in the "Old Towne" section of the Historic Jamestowne on Jamestown Island.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
4. Pocahontas, age 21, 1616
This portrait of Pocahontas (Matoaks) after a 1616 engraving by Simon van de Passe hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC.
Ætatis suæ 21. Ao. 1616.
Matoaks als Rebecka daughter to the mighty Prince Powhatan Emperour of Attanoughkomouck als Virginia converted and baptized in the Chriƒtian faith, and Wife to the worʰ. Mr Tho: Rolff.
“Pocahontas, the Indian princess who allegedly saved the life of English colonist John Smith, survives and flourishes as an example of an early American heroine. While Smith may have embellished the story of his rescue, the importance of Pocahontas to relations between colonists and Native Americans is undisputed. Following her conversion to Christianity and marriage to Englishman John Rolfe, Pocahontas journeyed to England with her family to demonstrate the ability of new settlers and native tribes to coexist in the Virginia colony. While in England, Pocahontas sat for her portrait, which was later engraved. That print served as the basis for this later portrait. The painter included an inscription beneath the likeness, copied from the engraving, but through an error in transcription it misidentifies her husband as Thomas, the name given to their son.” — National Portrait Gallery
Credits. This page was last revised on December 25, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,601 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on September 11, 2007, by Laura Troy of Burke, Virginia. 2, 3. submitted on August 14, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. 4. submitted on October 26, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.