Jamestown 7: The kidnapping of Pocahontas


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The defeat of the Powhatan

After five years of attrition warfare, Samuel Argall kidnapped Pocahontas.  Wahunsenaca couldn’t get her back, and the fact that he couldn’t get her back signaled to his entire empire that he couldn’t defeat the English.  He played his hand as well as he could, but Powhatan domains collapsed.  For the English, the end of the war meant Jamestown could finally begin to thrive.  Over the next few years, Jamestown grew into America’s first boomtown, got its first legislative assembly, experienced attempts to turn it into a stable colony full of families, got its first Africans, and witnessed its first worker’s strike. Wahunsenaca’s death brought even more peace with the Powhatan.

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