Rolfe, though an increasingly successful tobacco
planter is now a lonely widower, his wife having died shortly after they came to Virginia, from Heacham in Norfolk. (Church
shown in Scene one. The butterfly is the small Tortoiseshell – Aglais urticae).
Following her capture, Pocahontas is handed over
into the care of Governor Dale’s household. Naturally, the kidnapping enrages Chief Powhatan and he threatens to wipe
out the entire colony if his beloved daughter is not returned unharmed. However, he is taken aback when Pocahontas sends messages
to him that not only is she safe and happy but she likes living among the colonists. ‘I will dwell with the English,
who love me best.’ Powhatan bides his time to seek revenge but in the months that pass, Pocahontas’ life in the
colony is transformed, when, now in the care of Alexander Whitaker a Calvanist minister, she becomes a Christian, (Note:
from now on Pocahontas is always wearing a gold cross pendant). Better still for Anglo-Indian relations, she and widower
Rolfe fall in love and, amazingly, go to seek Powhatan for his blessing.
They do not go alone. In March 1614, Dale, Rolfe and Pocahontas,
with an escort of 150, board the Treasurer, still captained by Argall and sail from Point Comfort to Powhatan’s
capital Wereowocomoco. There, from the ship they inform his braves that ‘we have come to deliver up the daughter of
Powhatan and receive the promised return of men and arms.’ The reply? A shower of arrows. So, first firing some cannon
shots, Dale’s men storm ashore and burn down some village houses. It does the trick. A truce is called
and two of Pocahontas’ brothers come aboard the Treasurer to see how the English are treating their sister.
satisfies the brothers and she reiterates that not only is she staying with the colonists but she wants to marry one, albeit
her father’s blessing. This is reported back by the brothers to Powhatan who, much to everyone’s amazement, gives
his consent to the match and wants to make peace with the colonists. Thus on 5 April the couple are married by the Reverend
Richard Bucke (originally from Wymondham in Norfolk – church shown) in the presence of the two brothers and
Pocohontas’ uncle. Peace, for a while, reigns.