Did Pocahontas have feelings for John Smith? If not why did she save him?

While ready this story it reminded me of the Disney movie Pocahontas. As a child Pocahontas was one of my favorite movies to watch. The story of John Smith made me wonder if Pocahontas had feelings for John since she saved his life. If she did not have feelings for him I would like to know why she saved him. Here is a video of the cartoon version of Pocahontas just incase anyone doesn’t know what movie I am referring to.

Pocahontas saving Captain John Smiths life.


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In the story we read the Indians took Captain John Smith captive and planned to kill him. Before they could kill him Pocahontas came to John Smith’s rescue. In the story and in the movie Pocahontas threw her body onto John Smith’s to save his life. I have researched this question and learned that Pocahontas did not have feelings for Captain John Smith. Pocahontas was an Indian princess and the favorite daughter of the powerful chief, Powhatan, who ruled over an expansive area that included what we now know as Virginia. “Pocahontas is said to have saved the life of John Smith, one of the first English settlers, in 1607. The ten-year-old girl actually did offer her own life to save his. She become a close friend of John Smith after he helped save the colony from starvation and immediate failure. Pocahontas continued to help the Jamestown colony even after Smith returned to England in 1609 and after her father and the English were no longer on friendly terms.” (http://www.aetv.com/class/bioproject/pocah_bio.html).
I found a video about whether or not Pocahontas had feelings for John Smith. In the video it explains that when they met John Smith was around 28 years old and Pocahontas was around 11 years old. John Smith was like a father to Pocahontas and they had a very good friendship. She saved him because he was her friend not because she was in love with him.

I learned that in 1613 Pocahontas was captured by Captain Samuel Argall. Captain Argall hoped to exchange Pocahontas for English prisoners and weapons which were in her fathers possession. Pocahontas was treated better than any hostage. They treated her like royalty and Pocahontas learned a lot about the English culture. Pocahontas was baptized in 1614 and was given the Christian name Rebecca. I think she was given that name in the Disney movie Pocahontas as well but movies aren’t always historically accurate. Pocahontas’s father Powhatan did not agree with the English’s wishes and war broke out between the English and Indians. The two cultures did not make peace until Pocahontas asked Powtatan’s permission to marry an English man named John Rolfe. Pocahontas and John Rolfe met while she was held captive. On April 5, 1614 Pocahontas and John Rolfe were married. The marriage made an important political alliance between the Powhatans and English until Powhatan died in 1618. John Rolfe and Pocahontas had a son in 1615. They named their son Thomas. After John Rolfe and Pocahontas had Thomas they went back to England. Several Indian men and women went back to England with them. While in England Pocahontas was introduced to King James I and Queen Anne. She was the center of attention in English society. In March of 1617 Pocahontas became deathly ill as she and her family were about to leave England. Pocahontas died when she was 21 years old. She was buried in Saint George’s churchyard Gravesend, England. In another book “The true story of Pocahontas” some members of her tribe claim she was poisoned. Three groups of people the Powantans, the British, and the Americans used Pocahontas as a symbol of peace.

John Rolfe and Pocahontas





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