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Pocahontas Revealed

This video segment adapted from NOVA tells a historical version of what may have happened when John Smith was captured by the Powhatan people, and then was rescued by Native American princess Pocahontas. Although one of Smith's later accounts of the event introduced the now popular belief that Pocahontas rescued Smith for romantic love, historians also look to his earlier, different account to try to determine what really happened. One version that some historians believe may be closer to the truth is that Pocahontas was playing her appointed role in an adoption ritual. When she "rescued" Smith, she was actually adopting him into the tribe as her brother and Chief Powhatan's son.

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