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Re: Anna Rolfe and Pocahontas
Posted by: Joyce Hoad (ID *****7344) Date: November 21, 2004 at 15:58:11
In Reply to: Re: Anna Rolfe and Pocahontas by Gayla Brookman of 1081

Although there appears to be many researchers who have put their trees on line, looking at the information I feel that most of it appears to have been downloaded from the web. Hence no sources.

I can assure researchers there was no such person as Thomas 'Smith' Rolfe. He was baptised Thomas Rolfe.

The only connection I can see with Smith is when Disney brought out his travestry of the story by implying that Capt John Smith had a romantic dallyance with Pocahontas.

She never was a 'princess' for that term did not exist in Indian culture. She was a one of many children of the 'Chief of the Indian tribes' Powhatan.

Her date of birth is taken from writings by Capt John Smith when he refers to her as a child of about 11.
Her place of birth is unknown.

As the Indian were termed 'salvages [sic] by the English colonists then she would have no 'baptism'.
The Indian life revolved around the seasons.

It was only the English who gave the term 'emperor' to Powhatan.
He had no idea what they meant as they communicated by sign lanaguage, and he hoped that by being friendly they would leave him and his people and culture alone.
False hopes.

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