On this day: the wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe

Pocahontas and John Rolfe portrait 1850s

An 1850s painting of the couple X

Famous Native American woman Pocahontas married English tobacco planter John Rolfe on the 5th of April, 1614.

Pocahontas by Simon van de Passe 1616

Pocahontas in English clothing in 1616 X

After having their son, Thomas, Pocahontas travelled to England, where she became something of a celebrity.

However, the marriage was a short one, as Pocahontas died of an unknown illness in March 1617, shortly after boarding a ship to return home. Her exact gravesite is unknown, as the church where she was buried was destroyed in 1727.

 

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