Disney Side Monday: When history meets Disney

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Growing up in the Tidewater region of Virginia, in the oldest continuous English speaking city in the US, you learn a lot about the original settlers of the US. The neighborhood I grew up in (and still live in) is 5 minutes from the original first landing location of the first Virginia settlers, 25 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, and 35 from the Yorktown and Jamestown. This wonderful area is filled with history, waterways, and almost no elevation over sea level, as a mater of fact Jamestown at it’s highest is three feet above sea level. By second grade I knew who Pocahontas was, I lived off roads named Powhatan, Kecoughtan, Matoaka, Pocahontas, Algonquian and other places that pay homage to our original settlers of this country. I even had the honor of having the tribes adviser to the Disney movie come speak to my junior year English class about her experience before the movie came out.

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So with all this history around me, you have to understand that though I ADORE Disney’s Pocahontas,  it actually makes me shudder in some places, like when waterfall is shown, or the whole “old enough to date John Smith” concept.  There have been many times where my husband will walk in on me watching Pocahontas on TV grumbling “we don’t have waterfalls here what the heck Disney?” or hearing me tell a CM confirming my address as “kick-o-tan like one of the tribes Powhatan’s father was the chief of”.  The Kecoughtan village was where the English explorers received their first welcome in 1607.  So today my friends, my #Disneyside wants to present to you some actual facts about Disney’s first American Princess Pocahontas.

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  • She was the daughter of Chief Powhatan, making her the equvilant of a princess.
  • She was between the ages of 10-13 when she met John Smith.
  • Historical records do not suggest that Smith and Pocahontas were lovers, or even that she was a suitable age for such a relationship
  • She was the wife of John Rolfe and their son’s name was Thomas.
  • She was taken hostage by European settlers so her people wouldn’t attack this is when she converted to Christianity and changed her name to Rebecca.
  • She died in England and is buried there. Her memory is honored with a life-size bronze statue at St. George’s Church.

 

 

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Author: Michele

Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.

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