Pocahontas intercedes to save Captain John Smith from execution within the council house of her father, the paramount chief Powhatan. Pocahontas probably played a scripted part in an adoption ceremony that Smith misunderstood.
Encounter- The challenge confronting Powhatan and his people in 1607 was to turn the English newcomers to advantage.
The Algonquians did not know that the initial few colonists were the opening wedge for thousands to follow, bent upon
the land and
Violence- When seventeen colonists imposed themselves on one village, the natives killed them, stuffed their dead mouths with maize as a sign of contempt, and left the corpses for their countrymen to discover.
1610 Captain George Percy surprised and attacked a Paspahegh village, killing at least sixty-five inhabitants and destroying with fire their homes and fields of growing corn.
The simmering conflict between the colonists and the Algonquians remained stalemated until 1613, when the English captured Powhatans favorite daughter, the teenage Pocahontas.
The destruction of the Pequot village on the Mystic River in 1637 by the New English (armed with guns in the inner circle of the attackers) and their Mohegan and Narraganset allies (shooting their bows in the outer circle).