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(c. 1545–1618)
  • J. Frederick Fausz


Powhatan (c. 1545–1618), leader of the Powhatan Indians, was born to unknown parents probably in the 1540s near the fall line of the James River in modern Virginia. Also known as Wahunsonacawh and Wahunsonacock, he was the principal headman of the Algonquian peoples neighbouring the English colony of ...

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