Episode #35 – Did Pocahontas Really Save John Smith? (Part I)

The story of Pocahontas is one of the most enduring legends of America’s early colonial period. Her relationship with the Englishman John Smith would become the inspiration for everything from cheesy romance novels to Disney films. However, the reality behind this beloved story is far more grim. Should the story of Pocahontas be written off as a romantic fable, or is there some truth to be found? Tune in and find out how international men of mystery, legitimate piracy, and three severed heads all play a role in the story.

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Mossiker, Frances. Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend. New York: Knopf, 1976. Print.

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Shapiro, Laurie Gwen. “The True Story of Pocahontas—At Least, Today’s True Story.” Slate Magazine. N.p., 22 June 2014. Web. 29 Jan. 2017.

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