Pocahontas and the English Boys
Recorded Live on December 4th
History & Heritage 2019-20
Karen Ordahl Kupperman specializes in colonial history of the 16th and 17th centuries. Her current work is on children as cultural go-betweens in early English colonization. Kupperman’s new book explores the intertwined lives of Pocahontas and three English boys, Thomas Savage, Henry Spelman, and Robert Poole, who were sent by Jamestown’s leaders to live among the Chesapeake Algonquians. All were in their early teen years when they first met; Pocahontas, age 10, was the youngest. Because of their knowledge of both English and Indian cultures, they were arguably the most important people in early Virginia, but because they understood the viewpoints of both sides so well, their true loyalties were always suspect.