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Jone Johnson Lewis

Pocahontas: What's the Real Story?

By September 13, 2012

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Pocahontas Saving Captain John Smith
An image reflecting the story told by Captain John Smith of being saved from Powhatan's death sentence by Powhatan's daughter Pocahontas.
Adapted from an image courtesy of US Library of Congress.
Did Pocahontas really save Captain John Smith? It's one of the best-known stories in American history -- is it really true?

Read about the historian's view of this story -- and also compare the real life of Pocahontas to the fictional character you may know from such versions as the Disney movie.

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