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okay but the irl story about this is so interesting
so while there is speculation that what happened in the movie really did happen, it’s unclear whether or not this is true, since there isn’t evidence to support it, and pocahontas was so young. in fact, there’s not much proof that the two ever even knew each other, let alone something like this happening. (The history of the real girl is SO much more different. Like Powhatan had, I think, 8 wives and 18 children, so the princess thing is just kind of no. and pocahontas wasn’t even her real name, it was Matoaka i think). In fact, the whole story of Powhatan going to kill John only came up when the English wanted a reason to come to war, and at that point, John changed his story a few times (he was basically a lying piece of shit, at one point he said the indians were congenial to him), but the poca/john smith thing was only built up because of the romanticized bs people have been spreading for years and years.
john rolfe isn’t much better either. pocahontas was basically kept a slave in london, part of the terms of her release was to marry john rolfe. she changed her name to rebecca and basically because “civilized” aka white washed and lived that way until she died somewhere around age 20. they say she died from fever, but some say she was poisoned and she’s buried somewhere in Gravesend.
so while i love this movie soo much and its quite possibly my favorite movie of all time, also know that the real story is nothing like the movie portrays it, aside from the line “these white men are dangerous”