The story of John Smith and Pocahontas is different in its endless retellings, so it’s hard for some people to define the truth. According to Pocahontas, it’s a story of love that prevails over hate because her love saves Captain Smith’s life while uniting white men and Indians. When it comes to John Smith, he needs to undergo a certain ceremonial death where Pocahontas takes part, but there are no records that it’s done because of love.
The story on John Smith arriving to Jamestown, his time in captivity, and rescue are recorded from different points of view. Everything starts when Pocahontas is watching from treetops when men disembark from a floating island or ship. She keeps observing from bushes as a strange man with their white skin is washing his face below the waterfall. When he sees her, the beauty of Pocahontas amazes him, so both of them feel connected instantly and discuss their different backgrounds and cultures while finding common grounds.
For example, Pocahontas is offended by John Smith who calls her people savages, but he tries to explain to her that this term means being primitive, but she claims that something that he sees savage or primitive is just different. The culture of Pocahontas lives on the land and listens to the examples and voices of the nature, while white people can’t see its true beauty and keep destroying everything they see and don’t understand.
Both of them fall in love and they try to cross boundaries to unite 2 different cultures and people with the help of their love. That’s why they decide to meet under trees on a regular basis and discuss possible ways to bring peace to their nations. However, the reports of John Smith differ from the version of Pocahontas in many ways. He doesn’t mention meeting Pocahontas, and his personal intentions towards Indians have nothing to deal with negotiating a peace.
When he arrives to the Virginia coast, his men come ashore and encounter savages who take them as slaves. Many people still wonder whether Pocahontas really saved John Smith, or the whole story was just made up to earn more popularity this way. There are many studies and research works devoted to this subject, including the work of Lemay who argues in his book that the whole story of Pocahontas and John Smith is true. He offers strong facts and arguments to support his opinion based on his own research and summarized conclusions.
The story of John Smith and Pocahontas is different in its endless retellings, so it’s hard for some people to define the truth. According to Pocahontas, it’s a story of love that prevails over hate because her love saves Captain Smith’s life while uniting white men and Indians.