Poc­a­hon­tas re­mem­bered

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To mark the 400th an­niver­sary of the death of Poc­a­hon­tas, Historic Eng­land has an­nounced the re-list­ing of the bronze statue that com­mem­o­rates her life in the church­yard of St George’s, Gravesend, Kent (left). Poc­a­hon­tas, the daugh­ter of an In­dian chief­tain of the Al­go­nquian tribes, was born to­wards the end of the 16th cen­tury and was con­nected with the es­tab­lish­ment of the English colo­nial set­tle­ment at Jamestown, Vir­ginia. It was said that she saved the life of an English­man by plac­ing her head on his at the mo­ment of ex­e­cu­tion. Con­vert­ing to Chris­tian­ity, she mar­ried colonist John Rolfe in 1614, who brought her to Eng­land, where she was re­ceived at the Court of King James. Mak­ing their re­turn jour­ney in March 1617, the pair got no fur­ther than Gravesend; Poc­a­hon­tas was taken ill and brought ashore, where she died. She is thought to have been buried in a vault be­neath the chan­cel of St George’s. In 1923, a Vir­ginian made an un­suc­cess­ful search for her re­mains. The statue is a replica cast in 1957 from the orig­i­nal statue by W. A. Par­tridge, un­veiled in Jamestown in 1922. Historic Eng­land has also an­nounced the list­ing of the Vir­ginia Quay Set­tlers Mon­u­ment in Black­wall. This stands close to where the founders of the first English colony of Vir­ginia set sail in 1606. Jack Watkins

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