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Powhatan

(pou'ətăn`), d. 1618, Native North American chief of the Powhatan tribe in Virginia, whose personal name was 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 real name was said to be Matoaka), used to visit the English in Virginia at Jamestown.
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 to John Rolfe kept peace with the English colonists.

Powhatan

American Indian name Wahunsonacock. died 1618, American Indian chief of a confederacy of tribes; father of Pocahontas
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The political relations amongst Virginia Algonquians located in different geographies also support the idea of disunity in the immediate precontact period.
In doing so, he initiated a tradition among Virginia Algonquians of leadership that combined diplomatic, spiritual, military, and economic power with traditional Algonquian practices of consent, custom, and kinship.
The Pamunkey Neck area provided ready access to the ecosystems that had produced many of the flora that Virginia Algonquians had relied upon as a vital component of their subsistence long before the arrival of the English.

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