1907 Jamestown Exposition: Pocahontas 5c Blue

1907 Jamestown 5c
1907 Jamestown 5c

This stamp honors Pocahontas, the Powhatan who saved John Smith’s life.

Pocahontas by Simon van de Passe 1616
Pocahontas by Simon van de Passe 1616

The design is based on a 1616 portrait engraving by Simon van de Passe.

Pocahontas (a nickname) was originally known as Matoaka but took the name Rebecca after she became a Christian which (it seems) was shortly before she married John Rolfe at the age of 19.