A controversy is a disagreement. In history, controversies often present as two opposing viewpoints. However, often, only one side makes it into the history textbooks. Should the other side be told?
For your follow up essay, analytically examine history that some say was covered up regarding the life and death of Pocahontas. The initial post is the graded portion of the forum, participation posts not required and will not be graded, but I encourage you to engage in discussion with other students. The following are further directions for the assignment:
A new history, written by the Mattaponi Indian tribe, focused on concerning the life and death of Pocahontas. Please read the The Pocahontas Archive and also watch https://www.c-span.org/video/?202747-2/true-story-pocahontas.
The Mattaponi tribe claims in their new book that English settlers captured, raped and impregnated Pocahontas before her marriage to John Rolfe. To cover up this English abuse, John Rolfe agreed to marry Pocahontas in order to prevent war over her treatment and to protect his tobacco crop. The tribe also claimed that Pocahontas was already married to a Mattaponi man named Kocoum and had a son, but the Colonial government viewed the marriage null and void since it did not occur in a Christian Church. She was forced to travel to England in order to help Rolfe save his people and keep hers from annihilation. This presents the story of Pocahontas more like a murder mystery than a rescue love story that many of us have been exposed to throughout our lives.
Remember, people arranged marriages to guarantee land and protection. Some historians claim that Pocahontas was a needed insurance policy for plantation farmers, like Rolfe, and the relationship between the two to be a necessary evil to protect the assets of the English tobacco industry.
Research this further in the library and at Case Study: Pocahontas. Using at least one academic source, critically analyze this new development in the Pocahontas story. Summarize what you learned from the Mattaponi tribe. Include in your analysis, the debate between historians of European descent and those that are Native American about how to write the history of Indian peoples
The real story of Pocahontas is not what is shown by the Disney. Rather the life of Pocahontas is painful (Daniel & Star, 2016). The tale of Pocahontas is a tragic story of a young girl belongs to the Mattaponi tribe. The real story depicted that Pocahontas had been kidnapped, raped and even then murdered. The people who were supposed to save her life executed the entire plan. After her mother died, her aunt and other females of the tribe raised her.
The Pocahontas’s story gave a clear picture about the customs and culture of the tribe. Pocahontas father who was the chief of the village had many other wives apart from Pocahontas father. The women of the village did not cover their breasts with cloths and the children would wear nothing. The native women were targeted by the European colonists and were assaulted. According to the culture of the tribe, the physically assaulted women would offer them to the men who only disrespected them. The cruelty of the Mattaponi culture were portrayed as Pocahontas’s brothers made her give up her first child hearing the death news of her husband. The true story of Pocahontas’s life was hidden by the chiefs of the village out of the fear that it might harm the reputation of the tribe.
There is a debate between the European historians and the Native Americans over the projection of the Indian native history which shows the life of Pocahontas is portrayed in a way that the true facts were deliberately hidden.
Daniel, A. L., & Star, S. (2016). True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History. Fulcrum Publishing,
True Story of Pocahontas