Pocahontas: Fact Or Fiction
While popular and widely watched the movie Pocahontas is an innaccurate portrail of a
signifigant historical event. The Disney Corporation is not known for its accurate
portrails of historical events and when producing the animated film Pocahontas, Disney
did not fail in its nonchalant attitude concerning historic fact.
Cartoonists at disney must have been watching adult films when they first penciled
out the figures of Pocahontas and John Smith. The young Indian princess was only twelve
years old at the time of her first encounter with John Smith, yet she is portrayed as a hard
body honey in her twenties.
In order to match the beauty of their female character, cartoonists depicted John
Smith as a perfectly sculpted young man with locks of bright blonde hair; however, he was
merely a foul English seaman in his early thirties with dark dingy hair. Pocahontas did not
look like Tia Carrera and John Smith was certainly no Fabio.
At the begining of the movie John Smith is portrayed as an Indian hater and
proclaimed to be the best Indian killer ever. In all actuality he was the greatest link that
the English had between the Indians and themselves. His strict military discipline and
negotiation proved to be very valuable tools. The Indians respected him and while he was
in charge of Jamestown was melting pot that brought the knowledge of two very different
As in every great love story there has to be a dramatic display of love between the
two main characters; therefore, at the end of the movie Pocahontas saves John Smith from
the wrath of her vengeful father. Sorry Disney but it didnt quite happen that way. John
Smith was taken captive by the Indians but Powhatan, the leader of the Powhatan
Confederacy, was so impressed by John Smiths courage that he arranged a reconciliation
ceremony in which Pocahontas saved Johns life during a mock execution. This would
have been a great ending to a story that was totally fiction, but when representing a
historical event there must be a limit as to how much you stretch the truth.
One would think that with as much money and power that the Disney Corporation
posseses it could at least present a halfway accurate historical representation of an event.
The only real historical fact that was ever used was that somewhere along the line
Pocahontas and John Smith met each other and every other piece of historical information
that pertains to the story of the establishing of Jamestown was thrown out the window.
In order to teach children the value of their heritage they must learn it correctly the
first time that they are introduced to it. If children are exposed to innaccurate portrails of
history then they are going to grow up to be either disintrested in their heritage or simple
minded towards it.