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Pocahontas in European dress
Pocahontas in European dress

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Living in a New World
In 1616, Pocahontas, now called Rebecca, John Rolfe, and their young son, Thomas, traveled to England and visited the court of King James I. The English were interested in her because she was from the New World and they hoped her visit would help raise money to convert more Indians to Christianity. While in England Pocahontas was able to visit with Captain John Smith, whom she had not seen in seven years. Just as she was getting ready to return to Virginia, she became seriously ill. She died in March 1617 and was buried with honors in the Church of St. George in Gravesend, England. Her friends and family in both "worlds" grieved. Captain John Smith said she had saved the Jamestown colony from "death, famine and utter confusion."
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