Social Studies - 2019-20

1.3a-c - Powhatan, Pocahontas, and Christopher Newport

The student will describe the stories of influential people in the history of Virginia and their contributions to our Commonwealth, with emphasis on 

a) Powhatan;

b) Pocahontas;

c) Christopher Newport

Adopted: 2015


Places and people change over time.

Every person is important and special. 

One person can make a difference.


Influential people in Virginia history made important contributions.


Term to know

  • contribution: The act of giving or doing something

People to know

  • Powhatan: He was an American Indian leader when the settlers came to Jamestown. He ruled over many tribes.
  • Pocahontas: She was an American Indian girl, daughter of Powhatan, who came with her father’s people to visit the settlers at Jamestown. She worked to help the settlers receive food from the American Indians.
  • Christopher Newport: He was an English explorer who brought additional people and supplies to the Jamestown settlement.


Updated: May 25, 2018