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Powhatan

(pou'ətăn`), d. 1618, Native North American chief of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia, whose personal name was Wahunsenaca, Wahunsenacawh, or Wahunsonacock. He greatly extended the dominion of the Powhatan ConfederacyPowhatan Confederacy,
group of Native North Americans belonging to the Algonquian branch of the Algonquian-Wakashan linguistic stock (see Native American languages). Their area embraced most of tidewater Virginia and the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay.
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 and after the marriage (1614) of his daughter PocahontasPocahontas
, c.1595–1617, Native North American woman, daughter of Chief Powhatan. Pocahontas, meaning "playful one" (her birth name was Amonute, and her family called her Matoaka), used to visit the English in Virginia at Jamestown.
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 to John Rolfe kept peace with the English colonists.
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Powhatan

American Indian name Wahunsonacock. died 1618, American Indian chief of a confederacy of tribes; father of Pocahontas
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