Pocahontas was the daughter of Powhatan, the most powerful chief in the area the English called Virginia.
She was about 12 or 13 in 1607, when the Jamestown settlement was founded.
That same year she supposedly begged her father not to kill Captain John Smith, a Jamestown leader, after he was captured as a presumed enemy.
Six years later Pocahontas was taken hostage by the British to give them more power in negotiations with Powhatan.
Brought to Jamestown, she converted to Christianity and married the colonist John Rolfe in 1614, possibly to help keep peace between her people and the British.
In 1617 Pocahontas (now called Rebecca) died in England, where she had been introduced to the queen.