1616, Portrait Gallery
The Indian princess saved Jamestown colony—and spawned fairy tales
Author Tony Horwitz writes in our 101 Objects Special Issue:
Pocahontas is the most myth-encrusted figure in early America, a romantic “princess” who saves John Smith and the struggling Jamestown colony. But this fairy tale, familiar to millions today from storybook and film, bears little resemblance to the extraordinary young woman who crossed cultures and oceans in her brief and ultimately tragic life.
Read more of Horwitz's essay.