From our Famous Past Life Quiz:
Noted for: Her association with the colonial settlement at Jamestown, Virginia.
Country: Native American
Personality: Mischievous, Inquisitive, Clever, Brave
Pocahontas, born Amonute 1596, was a Native American woman of the Powhatan people. She was the daughter of Powhatan, chief of a network of tribes. Pocahontas converted to Christianity, was baptized and given the name Rebecca shortly before her early death before the age of 21.
She grew up to take a specific role as peacemaker between the English and the Powhatan Indians, a role that her early death cut short, giving her uncle an opportunity to order a massive surprise attack that killed hundreds of colonists. By the age of 17, Pocahontas was a wife, married to a warrior named Kocoum with whom she had a child.
In the 17th century, the English called Pocahontas a noble savage, praising her as a selfless heroine who had risked her life to save Captain John Smith. In 1616, Pocahontas and John Rolfe crossed the Atlantic and met with the king and queen of England. The trip was meant to show off Pocahontas as a tamed savage.