An abbreviated history of Pocahontas and John Smith, this episode looks at the conflict largely from the Powhatan side. This isn't the Disney version. It is gritty, dark, violent, and, if Mattaponi oral history is to be trusted, fairly disturbing. Still, it tells the story of a clash of worlds, and one woman who stood in the middle to bring a brief peace.

The creature this week lives in lime trees and, in return for probably not paying rent, will hurt you if you're mean to the tree.

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My interview on The Podcast Digest:



"What does anybody know about anything" by Chris Zabriskie

All other music (besides intro/outro and COTW) by Poddington Bear and Blue Dot Sessions


  • Mentions of rape are prevalent throughout portions of the podcast, mainly in conjunction with Pocahontas's captivity. Nothing graphic, but it's fairly unsettling, nonetheless.
  • Fairly intense violence. Non-graphic descriptions of the after-effects of a man who had his skin peeled off and his fingers chopped off. In addition, there are stories of children being thrown overboard and shot.


Mattaponi Oral History

Love and Hate in Jamestown

Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown

A Land as God Made It

"The Generall Historie of Virginia" by John Smith

"The true travels, adventures, and observations, of Captain John Smith" by John Smith

John Smith's 1608 Letter

Other first-hand accounts