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Va. site of Pocahontas rescue will be preserved

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Posted: Friday, June 21, 2013 11:09 pm | Updated: 9:18 am, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

GLOUCESTER, Va. (AP) — A farm field overlooking the York River in Tidewater Virginia is believed to be where Pocahontas interceded with her powerful father Powhatan to rescue English Capt. John Smith from death.

That’s a fanciful footnote for many Virginia Indians, historians and archaeologists, who say the real story is that this land was the center of a complex, sprawling empire ruled by Powhatan long before the first permanent English settlement in American was founded in 1607. It was called Werowocomoco, which roughly translates to a “place of chiefs.”

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