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Williamsburg in James City County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pocahontas

 
 
Pocahontas Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
1. Pocahontas Marker
Inscription. Erected in 1922, this statue by William Ordway Partridge, honors Pocahontas, the favorite daughter of Paramount Chief Wahunsenacawh (better known as Powhatan), ruler of the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom.

Pocahontas was born around 1595, probably at Werowocomoco, 15 miles from Jamestown. In 1608, she made frequent and welcome visits to Jamestown, often bringing gifts of food from her father. Captain John Smith believed she saved his life twice during the colonyís first years.

In April of 1613, Captain Argall kidnapped Pocahontas and brought her to Jamestown. While a hostage, she received lessons in Christianity, converted, and was baptized.

Her marriage to John Rolfe in April 1614 helped establish peaceful relations between the Powhatan and colonists. In 1616, she visited England with Rolfe and their infant son Thomas, and was presented to the Royal Court. She died on March 21, 1617, and was buried in St. Georgeís Church in Gravesend, England.

Today, many Americans claim descent from her son and granddaughter.
 
Erected by Colonial National Historical Park, National Park Service.
 
Location. 37° 12.524′ N, 76° 46.7′ W. Marker is in Williamsburg, Virginia, in James City County. Marker can
Marker in Historic Jamestowne image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
2. Marker in Historic Jamestowne
be reached from Colonial Parkway, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in the "Old Towne" section of the Historic Jamestown unit of Colonial National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Williamsburg VA 23185, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jamestown (a few steps from this marker); Jamestownís Churches (a few steps from this marker); The Tombstones (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tombs of James and Sarah Blair (within shouting distance of this marker); Storehouse & First Well (within shouting distance of this marker); James Fort Site 1607 – 1624 (within shouting distance of this marker); The First General Assembly of Virginia (within shouting distance of this marker); The Greate Road – An Early Highway pre-1607-1700s (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Williamsburg.
 
More about this marker. The right of the marker contains the “Only 17th-century depiction of Pocahontas, engraved in 1616 when she was in London. Pocahontas adopted English lifestyles after she was baptized and married John Rolfe in 1614. Simon Van de Passe, Matoaka alias Rebeecca, 1616. Courtesy of the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond Virginia.”
 
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Pocahontas image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
3. Pocahontas
This 1906 bronze by William Ordway Partridge (1861–1930) is approximately seven feet tall.

1. Historic Jamestowne. Colonial National Historic Park from National Park Service website. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Historic Jamestowne. Historic Jamestowne is the site of the first permanent English settlement in America. The site is jointly administered by APVA Preservation Virginia and the National Park Service. (Submitted on September 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
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Statue of Pocahontas image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, August 14, 2008
4. Statue of Pocahontas
The statue was commissioned by the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities and was first exhibited in Norfolk at the “New York at the Jamestown Exposition” in 1907. It was dedicated in 1922 when it was installed on Jamestown island, and was moved to its present location in 1931.
Pocahontas, age 21, 1616 image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
5. 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.

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Matoaks als Rebecka daughter to the mighty Prince Powhatan Emperour of Attanoughkomouck als Virginia converted and baptized in the ChriÉtian 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 November 30, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,389 times since then and 48 times this year. This page was the Marker of the Week April 3, 2011. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on October 26, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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