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The Real Pocahontas Behind Disney's Myth

Pop culture depictions have romanticized this historical figure.

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  • 1855 depiction of Pocahontas's marriage to John Rolfe, by William M. S. Rasmussen.Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons
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  • Idealized depiction from c. 1870 of Pocahontas saving John Smith.

    Photo Credit: Wikipedia
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  • 17th-century portraits of Pocahontas and John Smith. This engraving of Pocahontas was made during her visit to England.

    Photo Credit: Wikipedia