The Story of Pocahontas and John Smith ~ Folktales Stories for Kids
This is the story of Pocahontas, John Smith and the leader Powhatan. The story told of Pocahontas that is most famous tells about the time she saved the life of settler John Smith, as seen in the Disney version and in our version below. It is brought to you by Stories to Grow by.
In the spring of 1607, three ships landed on the shore of what is now America. About 100 men – no women were asked to come – stepped onto the sand to start a new life. The men built 20 cabins and a fort to go around them all. They called their new town Jamestown. But they were not the only ones living on that land. Up and down the coast and for miles into the woods lived tribes of Native Americans. Today, the area is called Virginia. Back then, it was called the Powhatan Confederacy. Over 30 tribes in the Powhatan Confederacy were ruled by one chief. His name was Powhatan. Chief Powhatan’s scouts told him that new men had landed on the shore. They told him the men had built a fort. They told him the new men spoke in words no one had heard before. They wore clothes no one had seen before. Powhatan knew all that. What he did not know – and what he wanted to know most of all - was, where did they come from? Why were they here? And what would it be like to be their Chief?
But they were not the only ones living on that land.
His scouts told him some other news, too, that was most odd. No crops had been planted around the fort. No canoes were anywhere near the fort, and the men did not even stand by the river to fish. The men did not go into the woods to hunt, either. Said Powhatan, “These men do not know how to plant, ride a canoe, fish or hunt. It will be easier than I thought to be their Chief. We will bring food to them – corn, beans and squash. Without us, they will starve. And I, Powhatan, who rules 30 tribes, will rule over them, too!” “Father let me come with you!” said Powhatan’s daughter Pocahontas. No one had seen her slip into the longhouse. “I want to see the fort, too.” “Surely not!” said her father. “You have work to do here. When you are done, you may play with your sisters.”
“I, Pohawtan, who rules 30 tribes, will rule over them, too!”
“I play with them every day!” said Pocahontas. “Father, please! I’ll be good!” Powhatan smiled. “Ah, my princess,” he said. “How can I say no to that face?” At last, an adventure for Pocahontas! She felt sure that if she had to sew beads onto one more moccasin, or fill one more basket with berries, she would burst! So Chief Powhatan, with scouts carrying baskets of corn, beans and squash, and with Pocahontas beside them, all went over to the fort. When they got there, they set down the baskets. And stepped back. In a minute, men burst out of the fort with big smiles on their faces. You can be sure there was much joy! Pocahontas saw something else that made her smile, too. Four boys a bit older than she came out with the other men. She waved to the boys. They waved back! When the grown-ups were trying to talk to each other with their arms and hands, she said to them, “Want to play?”