In this post I will go outside of what I normally do and prove that the story of Pocahontas is mostly a lie. The story of Pocahontas have been around a long time. Everyone thinks that the whole story comes from John Smith himself. John Smith was not a very elegant or highly educated person. His early writings are very different from the latter writings. His early writings are rough and he only mentions Pocahontas once and she is about an 11 or 12-year-old girl. His later writings are very eloquent and formal. Almost King James version bible like. Did Smith all of a sudden become royally educated or did someone else write the lies of this story?
I will let you in on who wrote these stories, but first I will give you the truth I found in the Native American legends and history. The true story of Pocahontas is of tragedy and heartbreak. She was born to her mother, named Pocahontas and her father named Wahunsenaca. Her father was the paramount Chief. Her mother died giving birth to her and her real name is Matoaka, which means “flower between two streams”. It is said she was given this name because she was born between the two rivers of Mattaponi and Pamunkey. She was raised by her aunts and other women of the Mattaponi tribe. Her father lovingly called her Pocahontas because she looked so much like her mother.
When John Smith and other english settlers came to Jamestown, little Matoaka(Pocahontas) was about 10 years old. Smith was 27, so they were never married or involved in any way. She also never saved his life. All the Native Americans feared John Smith because he was known to enter villages, put guns to the heads of the chiefs and demand food and supplies. One of the times when Smith came in to the village, the chief’s brother had enough and subdued or “captured” Smith and his men. They were taken to the Chief, but because the Native Americans and the English settlers feared the Spanish, they formed an alliance. Wahunsenaca(Pocahontas’ father) actually grew to like Smith. He offered Smith the position of ‘werowance’ or leader of the colonists. He also gave Smith and the settlers a much more livable area of with great access to seafood and hunting.
How did Smith thank the Chief? Well the settlers were very inadequate at gardening and had nothing to harvest. Smith and his men went into the village and held guns to the head of the village leaders demanding supplies. A tribal woman proclaimed to Smith “You call yourself Christian, yet you leave us with no food for the winter”. I have found this is what most christians are like, they are not very christ like. So Smith was being a typical christian. Wahunsenaca said to him “I have not treated my werowances as well as I have treated you, yet you are the worst werowance I have!” In Smiths later writings he claims Whaunseneca wanted to kill him and Pocahontas saved his life, twice.
The Native Americans were comfortable wearing clothing suitable for summer, including exposed breasts for the women and little to no clothes for the children. But they found themselves being sexually targeted by the English colonists. Women and young children were raped. It became so bad that the women of the Powhatan tribe started offering themselves to keep the children safe. Reading the stories on this made me feel so ashamed to be part of the human race. Are we so blind to the truth that no one wants to see it? Where was the government and religions during this? Oh right. Their the ones doing it! We wonder why stuff like this still goes on in the world today.
In the midst of all this Matoaka was coming of age. During her right of passage ceremony she chose the name Pocahontas, her mothers name. This is about the time she met and married the Kocoum. He was the younger brother of the Potowomac Chief Japazaw. Pocahontas went to live with her new husband in the Potowomac village. She became pregnant and had a little boy. He was known as little Kocoum. An English colonist by the name of Samuel Argall sought to find Pocahontas, thinking that a captured daughter of a Chief would thwart the attacks by Natives. Hearing of her whereabouts, Argall came to the village and demanded Chief Japazaw, brother of Pocahontas’ husband, to give up Pocahontas or suffer violence against his village. Argall promised Chief Japazaw she would only be gone temporarily. Pocahontas had to leave her little boy with the women of the village. Argall gave the Chief a copper pot before he left and mainstream historians still teach to this day that she was traded for a copper pot. She was put on an English ship unaware that when her husband returned to the village he was killed by the colonists.
Pocahontas was taken to Jamestown and repeatedly raped. She became so depressed and withdrawn that the English settlers let Pocahontas’ sister, Mattachanna, and Mattachanna’s husband come to her aid. The rapes didn’t stop. Once she became pregnant she was moved to Henrico. Here she had a son named Thomas. It is very clear in the Native history that Pocahontas had a son before her marriage to John Rolfe. The colonist pressed Pocahontas to become civilized and often told her that her father didn’t love her because he had not come to rescue her. Eventually they forced her into Christianity and gave her the name Rebecca.
In the midst of her captivity, the colony of Jamestown was failing. John Rolfe was under a 1616 deadline to make the colony profitable or lose the support of England. Rolfe wanted to lean the tobacco curing techniques from the Powhatan, but curing tobacco was a sacred practice not to be shared with outsiders. Realizing the political strength of aligning himself with the tribe, he eventually married Pocahontas. Historians will tell you they married for love. Pocahontas was never allowed to see her family, child or father. Does that sound like love to you? After the two were married the Powhatan shared the curing practices with Rolfe. Tobacco was a sensation in England and saved the colony of Jamestown. From this point on the greedy tobacco farmers would steal the lands from the Natives.
Pocahontas was taken to England with John and her son Thomas in 1616. Several of the tribal members and her sister, Mattachanna, were taken too. During her travels in England she did meet John Smith again, but she expressed her outrage to King James I about how the Natives were being treated. After parading he around to the English elites they let her think they were going to let her go home. According to Mattachanna, Pocahontas was in good health when she got on the ship in the spring of 1617. The day the ship left England she had dinner onboard with John Rolfe and Captain Argall. Soon after she vomited and died. She was just under 21 years old. That ship never went to Jamestown. All the Native people accompanying Pocahontas were sold off as slaves or carnival attractions.
The General Historie of Virginia was written in 1624 supposedly by John Smith. This is where we get the nonsense of the history of Pocahontas. Even mainstream historians are starting to figure out that is was not written by John Smith. Sir Francis Bacon wrote The General Historie of Virginia. It has the same style as the writing in the King James version of the Bible. Bacon didn’t write the bible but he edited it for King James. The bible that we know today was written by Josephus Flavius. King James wanted it brought up to date with the times in the 1600’s. So Bacon edited it and updated it. Masons will argue about this because they say that Masons were trying to separate church and Royalty. Bacon was a Mason and he is the reason Masonry is what it is today, a good ol boy network. It is because of him that for the most part wisdom has been lost in Masonry.