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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.

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Pocahontas, after Simon de Passe, published by  William Richardson - NPG D28135


after Simon de Passe, published by William Richardson
line engraving, published 1793 (1616)
NPG D28135

Pocahontas, published by William Richardson, after  Simon de Passe - NPG D5536


published by William Richardson, after Simon de Passe
line engraving, published 10 August 1793 (1616)
NPG D5536

Pocahontas, after Simon de Passe - NPG D5537


after Simon de Passe
line engraving, published 1793 (1616)
NPG D5537

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