The Influence of Pocahontas Term Paper

The Influence of Pocahontas
This paper examines Pocahontas' tremendous impact on both American natives and settlers.
# 99638 | 1,039 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2007 | US

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The paper details the impact Pocahontas had on the colonies, while discerning the truth from popular myth. The paper discusses how her actions and compassion played a vital role in bringing success to the Jamestown Settlement and to America as a whole.

From the Paper:

"The words of Peggy Lee's song sum up the entirety of what most Americans know about Pocahontas. Unfortunately, these lyrics contain very little fact. Contrary to popular belief, John Smith and Pocahontas were never romantically involved. This shouldn't be a great surprise; Pocahontas was no more than eleven years old when Smith was in Virginia. The real Pocahontas - or "Matoaka", as was her name given at birth - was the favored daughter of a chief, with many advantages in her native society. She became curious when the English newcomers arrived and befriended Smith. Throughout their stay in the New World, Pocahontas offered the English, including Smith, much needed assistance. Years later, Smith would write that her "compassionate, pitying heart gave me much cause to respect her.""

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Fritz, Jean. The Double Life of Pocahontas. New York: Trumpet Club, 1983
  • Marshall, John. "There he was doomed." Volume 1, 1804.
  • Mossiker, Frances. Pocahontas - The Life and Legend. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1976
  • "Peggy Lee's Chart Hits." The Official Website of Miss Peggy Lee. 2007. 18 Sep 2007 <>.
  • Price, David. Love and Hate in Jamestown. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2003

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