‘Captain Argall takes Pocahontas the daughter of King Powhatan on board his ship’

Many of the illustrations that accompanied written accounts of Virginia were not realistic representations, but rather artistic interpretations. This print merged events from 1613 and 1614. In the front, Pocahontas is shown being deceived into boarding the ship of the English captain, Argall, where she was held hostage. In the background, events of March 1614 can be seen. After English offers to exchange Pocahontas for captives and weapons were met with a lukewarm response, English ships moved up the York River, attacking an Native American village.

Object Details

ID: PAG7937
Collection: Fine art
Type: Print
Display location: Not on display
Creator: Bry, Johann Theodor de
Places: Unlinked place
Date made: 1619
Exhibition: The Atlantic: Slavery, Trade, Empire; Exploration and Cultural Encounters
People: Princess Pocahontas
Credit: National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London
Measurements: Mount: 485 mm x 320 mm;Sheet: 331 mm x 227 mm

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