Synopsis by John Patrick Sheehan
This edition of Biography, the long running documentary series from A&E, explores the life of the legendary Pocahontas. Born Matoaka, Pocahontas was a Powhatan historical figure; born in present-day Virginia. She reportedly interceded with her father, Chief Powhatan, to spare the life of John Smith of Jamestown colony. After adopting Christianity, she married John Rolfe and traveled to England in 1616. She died (possibly of smallpox) on the trip back. Through her son, Thomas Rolfe, she is an ancestor of the Randolph family of Virginia. Her folklore legend continues to this day as she is often represented in Indian legend and her story was adapted into a Disney production.