Did young Pocahontas really intercede to prevent the execution of Captain John Smith? This romantic tale is conspicuously absent from Smith's initial accounts of his captivity under Powhatan: "Arriving at Werawocomoco, their Emperour [Powhatan] proudly lying uppon a Bedstead a foote high upon tenne or twelve Mattes... and with such grave and majesticall countenance, as drave me into admiration to see such a state in a naked salvage, he kindly welcomed me with good wordes, and great Platters of sundrie victuals, assuring me his friendship, and my libertie within foure days... In describing to him the territories of Europe, which was subject to our Great King whose subject I was, the innumerabl e multitude of his ships, I gave him to understand the noyse of Trumpets, and terrible manner of fighting were under captain Newport my father... At his greatnesse hee admired, and not a little feared... [A]nd thus having with all the kindnes hee could devise, sought to content me: he sent me home..."
Source: A True Relation of Such Occurrences and Accidents of Noate as Hath Happened in Virginia..., 1608
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