Tuesday 12 December 2017

Pocahontas rescue site protected

Professor Martin Gallivan gives a tour of a farm field overlooking the York River (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Professor Martin Gallivan gives a tour of a farm field overlooking the York River (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
The Werowocomoco site trench is believed to where Pocahontas helped rescue Captian John Smith from death (AP Photo/Werowocomoco Research Group)

The site in the US where archaeologists and historians believe Pocahontas rescued English Captain John Smith from death is to be preserved under a new agreement.

But Native Americans say that event is just a footnote for the 57-acre site in Tidewater, Virginia. They say the real story is that it was the centre of a complex, sprawling empire ruled by Pocahontas's father, Chief Powhatan.

Chief Kevin Brown, of the local Pamunkey tribe, said it is important to note that Virginia's history did not begin with the first permanent English settlement in 1607.

After decades of research with colonial writing, ancient maps and detective work, archaeologists concluded with near-certainty that this was Powhatan's seat of power about 15 miles from the Jamestown colony.

The private land will be protected from development under a state easement.

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