In search of the real Pocahontas
She was the titular character in the 1995 Disney film, but who was the real Pocahontas? Here, Susan Castillo Street looks beyond the 'noble savage' of Disney fame – who allegedly had a love affair with mercenary English soldier John Smith – to reveal a woman who played a critical role in the survival of England's Jamestown colony
Pocahontas, despite her iconic stature in Anglo-American colonial history, remains an elusive figure. We can only catch fleeting glimpses of her through the words and images of others – some with elements of accuracy, others complete distortions.