Pocahontas

Time Period
16,000 BCE to 1622 CE
1825 to 1860
Topics
American Indian History
Art & Architecture
Women's History
Image
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Thomas Sully depicts Pocahontas after her absorption into English culture and before the fateful trip to England from which she did not return. Pocahontas presents herself as a person of remarkable refinement and grace. Conscious of brewing sectionalism, Sully devised an image that would please Virginians, and he donated this portrait to the Virginia Historical Society, perhaps as a way of winning new patrons in Pocahontas's native state. 

Learn about the life of Pocahontas in this video: