Here is my version of the Powhatan princess, Pocahontas.... Disney version that is.
The story of the real Pocahontas is different from that of the Disney movie. When the settlers first came to her homeland, which is present day Virginia, she was near the age of 11 or 12. Pocahontas was a big help to the settlers of Jamestown by bringing them much needed food.
In the winter of 1607, Captain John Smith was on an exploring and trading mission when he was suddenly captured by cheif Powhatan. According to rumor, Pocahontas saved John Smith from being executed by the cheif- she was 13 years old at the time.
In April of 1614, Pocahontas married John Rolfe, who was a sucessful tobacco planter in Jamestown. Chief Powhatan and Govenor Thomas Dale thought that the marrige between Pocahontas and John Rolfe would make the relations between the Powhatans and the settlers better. The marraige brought peace between the colonists and the Indians for eight years. Pocahontas was then known as Rebecca Rolfe. She and her husband had a son, Thomas Rolfe.
In 1616, Pocahontas, her husband and several other Indians set sail for England. This was intended to be a trip to promote the Virginia company and encourage more settlement in the new world. When she arraived in England, Pocahontas met King James I and Queen Anne and became an English noblewoman. When she and her husband were planning on heading back in 1617, she became very ill. She died at Gravesend.
Enough of the history lesson... I'm just babbling on now.
There's more to the story, I just don't want to go into too many details. You can look up more on Pocahontas somewhere online. The background for this picture was a photograph that I took and put it through a photo filter to give it a splotchy painted look. Hope you like this picture.