...openly confessed her Christian faith, was, as she desired baptized.
The Reverend Alexander Whitaker gave Dale full credit, writing to his cousin, the minister of Black Friars' Bridge, London: Pocahontas "confessed the faith of Jesus Christ and was baptized which thing Sir Thomas Dale had laboured a long time to ground in her."
In 1613, John Rolfe forced his affections upon Pocahontas and in the farce of doing his Christian duty, marriedPocahontas. [The only reason John Rolfe married Pocahontas was lust and greed. He saw the chance to be a wealthy andrich man, which he later became].
In a letter dated June 16, 1614 to London, Sir Thomas Dale wrote:
I put my selfe into Captaine Argall's ship with a hundred and fifty men in my frigot, and other-boats went into Pamaunkie river, where Powhatan hath his residence, and can in two or three daies, draw a thousand men togeather, with me, carried his daughter who had been long prisoner with us."
When Powhatan wanted to know why the English were there, Sir Thomas Dale wrote:
I gave for answere that I came to bring him his daughter, conditionally he would (as had been agreed upon for her ransome) render all the armes, tooles, swords, and men that had runne away, and give me a ship full of come for the wrong he had done unto us; if they would doe this, we would be friends, if not burne all."
Sir Thomas Dale implied, "take it or leave it." So, Sir Thomas started burning villages. Powhatan gave into the demands of Sir Thomas Dale. John Rolfe married Pocahontas, even though she was already married to Kocoum, and she became a prisoner for the rest of her life. As long as she lived, Powhatan stayed peaceful with the English.
A century later, two distinguished Virginians, Robert Beverley and Colonel William Byrd, II, were still preaching assimilation of the native red man by the invading white settlers through intermarriage and thus the great hope for saving the "savage" of the New World for the Old World's "god" and civilization.
Colonel William Byrd, II, of Westover, wrote:
I must be of opinion that there is but one way of converting these poor infidels and reclaiming them from barbarity, and that is charitably to intermarry with them." ... "The poor Indian would have less reason to complain that the English took away their land if they had received it by way of a portion with their daughters."
During this time of peace, it left Powhatan time to continue warfare on the Monacans and Manahoocs for several years. John Rolfe was a sanctimonious, pious, calculating, conniving, favor-seeker. He and Pocahontas had one son, Thomas, born in 1615. At this time, John Rolfe was the Secretary of the Virginia Colony.
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