01 – Pocahontas


The story of Pocahontas has fascinated people for more than four centuries and it still inspires people today. It will undoubtedly continue to do so. This episode explores the origin of the Pocahontas myth, reveals the truth about John Smith and discusses the historical events surrounding the iconic couple.


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Recommended Reading:

Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma: The American Portraits Series

Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation


Recommended Viewing:

Disney’s Pocahontas

National Geographic Explorer – The New World: Nightmare in Jamestown




Custalow, Dr. Linwood “Little Bear”, “The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History” Fulcrum Publishing (January 16, 2007) (Jan 16, 2007)

Price, David A. “Love and Hate in Jamestown: John Smith, Pocahontas, and the Start of a New Nation”, Vintage (December 18, 2007)

Rountree, Helen C. “Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown” University of Virginia Press (July 5, 2006)

Townsend, Camilla , “Pocahontas and the Powhatan Dilemma: The American Portraits Series” Hill and Wang; First Edition (September 7, 2005)



“Pocahontas”. Dir. Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg. By Carl Binder, Susannah Grant, Philip LaZebnik, Irene Bedard, Judy Kuhn, Mel Gibson, and David Ogden Stiers. Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc., 1995. DVD.,

“National Geographic Explorer: The New World: Nightmare At Jamestown”. Written by: Ann Carroll and Charles Poe. Perf. Lisa Ling and Peter Coyote. National Geographic Video, 2005. Netflix.

“Save Our History: Godspeed to Jamestown”. A&E Networks, 2006. DVD.



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pocahontas, “Pocahontas”

http://www.biography.com/people/pocahontas-9443116, “Pocahontas.biography”

http://www.powhatan.org/pocc.html, Chief Roy Crazy Horse “The Pocahontas Myth”

http://www.pbs.org/saf/1203/features/pocahontas.htm, “Pocahontas and Jamestown”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Smith_(explorer), “John Smith (Explorer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Colony, “Colony of Virginia”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Newport, “Christopher Newport”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chief_Powhatan, “Chief Powhatan”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Percy, George Percry

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Ratcliffe_(governor), John Ratcliffe (Governor)

http://historyisfun.org/chronicles/tom_more.html, Thomas Savage Arrived In Virginia 1608



  1. Love this podcast! I am really exited to hear more of your well researched histories of these stories. Just wonderful stuff.

  2. FANTASTIC first episode! Well done!

    I’m a writer, too, Paul — I am currently wrapping up research and beginning work on a novel about Pocahontas, Opechancanough, and John Smith. It’s wonderful and refreshing to find another person who’s taken the true history seriously and done his best to give an accurate representation of the story (as much as can be known.)

    I saw that Helen C. Rountree’s books are missing from your links to suggested reading. Her books are truly wonderful and well worth reading for anybody who’s interested in this history in particular or in Powhatan culture in general.

    I’m going to shoot you a message on Facebook as well…can’t find another way to get hold of you!

    • Thank you, Libbie!

      Actually, “Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown” by Helen Roundtree was one of my main sources for this episode. It’s in my bibliography too. You must have missed it. 😉

      Good luck with your novel!


  3. The most amazing podcast!!! It’s fascinating as living in England, we are not taught her real story in History lessons. Ironically either though she lived and was buried in England, very few people I asked knew she was a real person which is really bizarre.

    I really wish I could donate by money isn’t good at the moment so I am so sorry, I’m trying to get as many friends to listen as possible!!! 🙂

    Thanks, Highlight of the month

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