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History in the Pub: Pocahontas in London
Tue 21 March 2017, 18:30 – 21:00 GMT
Learn about London history over a pint after work! This is our first History in the Pub of 2017.
Forget Disney. The real-life Pocahontas, daughter of Algonquin chief Powhatan, was buried in Gravesend this very day 400 years ago, barely into her 20s. She was on her way home to America with her English husband John Rolfe when she became ill on board their ship in the Thames. Having been baptised and taken the name Rebecca, Pocahontas and Rolfe had spent over a year living in Norfolk and London, mainly near Brentford in a house on the Syon estate of the Duke of Northumberland. Pocahontas had been presented to the king and queen at least once, during the performance of the Ben Johson masque of Twelfth Night.
On this historic day, Pocahontas will be commemorated both in Brentford and Gravesend. In the evening, London Historians remembers her with an evening of talks, music and quiz. We will examine the early colonial period, life at court and the history of native Americans' contact with London.
Speakers: Dr Clare Whitehead and Professor Emily Rose.
Music: Ruairidh Anderson
Speed Quiz: Matt Brown