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5.1.2 Detail of A map of Virginia of 1612, showing Powhatan in the royal wigwam. He wears a crown of feathers.

Vaughan, Robert
1624
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Library of Congress

Detail of A map of Virginia of , showing Powhatan in the royal wigwam. He wears a crown of feathers,1624. Photograph.

Powhatan ruled over the Powhatan Confederacy as paramount chief — the leader over many tribes. The confederacy existed in the Chesapeake area of modern-day Virginia. Under the confederacy, Powhatan combined the power of many tribes to strengthen and protect them from others. These tribes paid tribute (food and goods) to Powhatan. In this image, Powhattan is seated in the center with a crown of feathers. He is surrounded by his wives and leaders of other tribes that fell under his leadership. One of Powhatan's chiefs, named Opechancanough, captured the English Captain John Smith in 1607. This image originally appeared on a map of Virginia that John Smith published. Where does Powhatan sit in this image? What can this tell us about his power?

Powhatan ruled over the Powhatan Confederacy as paramount chief — the leader over many tribes. The confederacy existed in the Chesapeake area of modern-day Virginia. Under the confederacy, Powhatan combined the power of many tribes to strengthen and protect them from others. These tribes paid tribute (food and goods) to Powhatan. In this image, Powhattan is seated in the center with a crown of feathers. He is surrounded by his wives and leaders of other tribes that fell under his leadership. One of Powhatan's chiefs, named Opechancanough, captured the English Captain John Smith in 1607. This image originally appeared on a map of Virginia that John Smith published. Where does Powhatan sit in this image? What can this tell us about his power?

Powhatan In folcher Maieftat hat fich der Konig f ur dem gefangenen Capitain Schmidt erzeight und fehen lafsen. Translation: Powhatan In what May deed did the king make you on the captive Capitain Schmidt and let you go.