Entered in the Native American Hero Contest.
|I have always been fascinated by Pocohontas. I loved the name and when my teacher in first grade talked about the Pilgrims and Indians, I was bored. When she mentioned Pocohontas, my ears perked up. I loved the fact that the young Native American woman threw herself over John Smith's body and begged her father not to kill him and she hugged him. I thought Pocohotas was in love with him and I guess that was my first idea of romance. I was a hopeless romantic back then. This young Native American woman saved the white man from death. Her father loved his daughter enough to change his mind about killing Captain John Smith. I am afraid I wouldn't have been that brave. I admire Pocohontos's courage.
Later, Pocohontos was taken hostage by Jamestown settlers and held for ransom. She was accepted by the settlers and she became a Christian and the settlers loved her. She fell in love with John Rolfe and married him. I had hoped that she would marry Captain John Smith but it wasn't meant to be. Instead of being a prisoner, she made friends with the settlers, found God, taught them some of the Indian ways and found love with a tobacco farmer in the mean time. She helped bring peace between the settlers and Indians.
Pocohontos and John Rolfe sailed to England and was received as a Princess and presented to King James and Queen Anne. She died at at an early age but she will always be remembered as the most famous Native American woman in history.
Why do I admire Pocohontos? I loved her name. I liked how she saved Captain John Smith from death. She wasn't a prisoner when she was captured by the settlers. She was a friend and a peace maker. She was an honorary Princess in England. Pocohontos is woman that I like to be. Brave, a friend, peace maker, Princess and a Native American woman. She was also a wife and mother. She had it all. I love her and admire her.
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