The real Pocahontas was nothing like the Pocahontas depicted in popular culture. The history of Pocahontas has been riddled with dramatizations, oversimplifications, and outright lies from the very beginning - and all of that dishonesty only adds to the tragedy that is Pocahontas’s true life story.
The truth about Pocahontas is infinitely sadder than the bright and cheery, wind-color-painting version presented in popular culture. Her interactions with English settlers were instead the sort of violent and prejudiced interactions that we’ve come to expect from that era. Pocahontas herself is still an inspiring and important historical figure, but her actual life story is not a feel-good tale about the common threads between people of different backgrounds. Instead, it’s the exact opposite.