The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History

Written by Angela L. Daniel “Silver Star Dr. Linwood “Little Bear” Custalow
Review by Kim Murphy

Pocahontas’s life has reached mythical proportions. How could any book possibly offer new information? The True Story of Pocahontas was written by the Mattaponi, her tribe. After having read many accounts about the legendary woman’s life, I tried to interlock the jigsaw puzzle with the pieces never quite fitting. Not only did this book answer my questions, it filled in the gaping holes.

John Smith wrote the stories about Pocahontas saving his life several years after her death. Other texts admit as much, yet most gloss over why this may have been. Few also question why a woman abducted by what must have seemed like an alien culture would immediately dress like her captors, convert to Christianity, and marry within a year of her captivity. All of those facts, plus another side to Pocahontas’s death, are revealed with shocking clarity. The True Story of Pocahontas should be required reading for every American history class.