Pocahontas was the favorite daughter of Powhatan,
ruler of the Powhatan Confederacy. She was born about 1595,
probably at Werowocomoco 16 miles from Jamestown. Captain
John Smith believed she saved his life twice during
the colony's first years, and during 1608-1609 she was a frequent
and welcome visitor to Jamestown, often bringing gifts of
food from her father.
From 1609 to 1613 she was part of Indian society and
was not seen by the settlers. In April 1613 she was
captured by the English while she was living on the
Potomac River and was brought to Jamestown as a hostage.
She soon converted to Christianity and was baptized.
Her marriage to John Rolfe in April 1614 helped to
establish peaceful relations between the Indians and the
English. In 1616 she visited England with her husband and
infant son, Thomas, and was presented to the Royal Court.
While returning to Virginia she died on March 21, 1617
and was buried in St. George's Church in Gravesend,
England. Today many Americans claim descent from her
through her son and granddaughter.
The statue, by William Ordway Partridge, was erected