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Pocahontas saving the life of Captain John Smith
Pocahontas saving the life of Captain John Smith

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Pocahontas Meets the English
Smith later reported that Pocahontas heroically saved his life by throwing herself between him and his executioners and convincing her father to free him. Many historians question whether this story is actually true. Smith's account of the rescue was not published until 1624, many years later. Can you think of any other stories from history that most people believe never happened? What about the story of George Washington and the cherry tree?

Captain Smith was later adopted as an honorary "son" by Powhatan. But that was not the only time that Pocahontas would risk her life and the favor of her tribe to protect her new English friends.

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