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Pocahontas marries John Rolfe

Pocahontas marries John Rolfe
  • Pocahontas, daughter of the chief of the Powhatan Indian confederacy, marries English tobacco planter John Rolfe in Jamestown, Virginia.
  • The marriage ensured peace between the Jamestown settlers and the Powhatan Indians for several years.
  • About 100 English colonists settled along the James River in Virginia to found Jamestown in May 1607, the first permanent English settlement in America.
  • The settlers fared badly because of famine, disease, and Indian attacks, but were aided by 27-year-old English adventurer John Smith, who directed survival efforts and mapped the area.