Pocahontas, the Native American woman from Jamestown, Virginia, died 400 years ago today. She was only 19 years old and was the most important woman in colonial America.
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Captain Argall gives Chief Japazaw and his wife a copper kettle and prevents Pocahontas from leaving the ship, kidnapping her. Captain Argall sends soldiers to the village to kill her husband Kocoum, and the soldiers are successful.
In early April 1613, Captain Samuel Argall goes on a trading mission to the Potowomac village. Unknown to him, this is the village where Princess Pocahontas, her husband Kocoum, and their child Little Kocoum, live. It has been at least four years since Princess Pocahontas has had any interaction with the English settlers. She is 15 years old, having been born September 17, 1597.
Chief Japazaw of the Potowomac village is Kocoum’s older brother. By chance, Captain Argall learns that Pocahontas lives in the village. He threatens Chief Japazaw and his wife and gets them to bring Pocahontas to lunch on his ship.
In 1611, Princess Pocahontas, who will become a very important person to John Rolfe and Jamestown, gives birth to a son known as Little Kocoum, named after his Potowomac Indian father, Kocoum, probably in the native village of Potowomac.
Pocahontas Statue at Jamestown, Virginia
In 1610, Princess Pocahontas, daughter of Wahunsenaca, Chief Powhatan, marries a warrior named Kocoum, the younger brother of Chief Japazaw of the Potowomac tribe on the Potomac River. Princess Pocahontas and Kocoum live in the Potowomac village.
Pocahontas was born on September 17, 1597, so she was 12 or 13 when she married Kocoum.