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Exploration 1: Who Were Pocahontas and Squanto?

"The bright girl knelt, bathed in repentant tears
Connecting link between two hemispheres."

Mary Webster Mosby in Pocahontas, A Legend, 1840

Essential Questions: What do you know about Pocahontas?

1. What was Pocahontas's real name?
2. What does "Pocahontas" mean?
3. Approximately when was she born and about how old was she when she reportedly rescued Capt. John Smith?
4. Who did Pocahontas marry? Why didn't she marry Capt. John Smith?
5. Why might the English have renamed her Rebecca?
6. Where and when did Pocahontas die?

The Baptism of Pocahontas by John Gadsby Chapman
Oil on canvas, 12' x 18'
Commissioned 1837; placed 1840
Rotunda of the United States Capito

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Essential Questions: What do you know about Squanto?

1. What was Squanto's real name?
2. When and where was he born?
3. What were his major experiences before he met the Pilgrims?
4. How and when did he die?


Opechankanough Richard Wyffin, gentleman Opachisco, uncle of Pocahontas  Henry Spilman, a young man who had lived with the Indians for a year. He was rescued by Captain Argoll. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest, the lady was the first gentlewomen to arrive in the colony John and Anne Laydon, the first persons married in the colony. She came to America as the maid of Mrs.  Forrest. She and John had four daughters. Standard Bearer The Page Pocahontas' brother, Nantequaus, the infamous warrior who would later break the peace brokered with Pocahontas' help and massacre the Jamestown settlement Sister of Pocahontas Sir Thomas Dale Alexander Whittaker John Rolfe Pocahontas
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