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In 1613, the English Sea Captain Samuel Argall sailed up the Potomac River and along the way, traded with Native Americans from the Powhatan tribe. During this time, relations between the Powhatans and the English were relatively poor. Captain Argall quickly learned that Pocahontas, the daughter of Chief Powhatan, was living with the Patawomeck tribe in Crow’s Nest. At the time, the Powhatan tribe were holding English prisoners captive. and Captain Argall devised that by kidnapping Pocahontas, he could negotiate an exchange for the English prisoners along with some weapons and farming tools the Powhatans had stolen. In April 1613, at the age of 19, Pocahontas was lured onto Captain Argall’s ship where she was detained. The ship departed immediately, and Pocahontas remained in captive at Jamestown and then possibly Henrico, a small English settlement near present-day Richmond.
During her detainment, Pocahontas learned the English language, religion, and customs. She also met John Rolfe, and in April 1614, a year after her kidnapping, Pocahontas and John Rolfe married. To read more about Pocahontas’s life and legend, please visit the NPS Historic Jamestowne website.