Powhatan facts for kids
|Regions with significant populations|
|Eastern Virginia, Western Maryland|
|Historically Powhatan, in modern context, English|
|Native (indigenous), Christianity|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Pamlico, Nanticoke, Lenape, Massachusett, and other Algonquian peoples|
Powhatan was the leader of the Powhatan tribe. Powhatan was the leader during the Jamestown Colonization when the English settled in Jamestown in 1607. Powhatan was friendly with the English at the beginning. He traded with them. Powhatan usually sent his daughter Pocahontas to give them corn/maize. But later, Powhatan and his tribe looked at the settlers as invaders. After that, Powhatan did not allow the trading with the English settlers. From 1610-1612, it was known as the Starving Time. His leadership was saved by his brother Opchanacanough.
Images for kids
Powhatan in a longhouse at Werowocomoco (detail of John Smith map, 1612)
'John Smith taking the King of Pamunkey prisoner', a fanciful image of Opechancanough from Smith's General History of Virginia (1624). The image of Opechancanough is based on a 1585 painting of another native warrior by John White
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