Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Jamestowne Society to Commerate the 400th Wedding Anniversary of Pocahontas and John Rolfe


First California Company, Jamestowne Society will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the wedding of Pocahontas and John Rolfe, at 1 PM on Sunday, March 2 at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott hotel.

That April 5, 1614 event was very significant in the initial establishment of our nation, as it ended the first Anglo-Powhatan war and enabled the inhabitants of the first permanent English settlement in North America to pursue the agricultural development of tobacco. Its pursuit created the economic basis for Jamestown to become the first boomtown in America, and, later, would similarly help support the Revolution. 

First California Company will feature a presentation by Karenne Wood, Director of the Virginia Indian Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. She will discuss Pocahontas and Women’s Role in Virginian Indian History,” which will likely include the wedding from an Indian perspective, Pocahontas as a member the Virginia tribe who met the Jamestown settlers and daughter of its paramount chief, and their culture.

First California Company will also recognize the Pocahontas descendants who are in attendance, who would be thirteen generations removed.

This also also complements a yearlong commemoration by Historic Jamestown that will include a program at the site of the wedding on the date of the anniversary.

If you have further questions or need clarification, please contact Governor Ginny Gotlieb of First California Company.

To request an invitation, please contact First California Company’s Secretary. The response deadline is February 15.

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