Pocahontas (Amonute) (née Matoaka, later Rebecca Rolfe)(circa 1596-1617), American Indian princess
Sitter in 3 portraits
Pocahontas is the most famous Native American from the early era of British colonial expansion in the New World. She was the daughter of Chief Powhatan, a ruler of the coastal region of present-day Virginia. The arrival of English settlers in 1607 led to armed conflict, which was halted by her abduction in 1613. After a year in captivity, Pocahontas converted to Christianity. She was baptised with the name Rebecca and married the tobacco planter John Rolfe. Their son Thomas was born in 1615. The life of Pocahontas has been fictionalised through art, literature and film. The tendency to romanticise her story was present in the earliest accounts of her life by authors such as Captain John Smith.