Pocahontas (c. 1595 – March 21, 1617), later known as
Rebecca Rolfe, was a Virginia Indian chief's daughter notable
for having assisted colonial settlers at Jamestown.

She converted to Christianity and married the English settler
John Rolfe. After they traveled to London, she became famous
in the last year of her life. She was a daughter of
Wahunsunacawh, better known as Chief or Emperor Powhatan
(to indicate his primacy), who headed a network of tributary tribal
nations in the Tidewater region of Virginia (called Tenakomakah
by the Powhatan).

These tribes made up what is known as the Powhatan Chiefdom
and spoke a language of the Algonquian family.

Pocahontas's formal names were Matoaka (or Matoika) and
Amonute; Pocahontas was a childhood nickname referring to
her frolicsome nature (in the Powhatan language it meant "little
wanton", according to 17th century writer William Strachey).

The 18th century historian William Stith claimed that "the
'Indians' carefully concealed [her real name] from the 'English',
and changed it to Pocahontas, out of a superstitious Fear, lest
they, by the knowledge of her true Name, should be enabled to
do her some hurt." After her baptism, Pocahontas was given
the English name Rebecca. She was called Rebecca Rolfe by
the English after her marriage.


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