700 – The New World (2005)

timespace coordinates: 1607 Powhatan Confederacy / Thirteen ColoniesVirginia1616 London

new_world_ver2_xlgThe New World is a 2005 British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia, settlement and inspired by the historical figures Captain John SmithPocahontas of the Powatan Native American tribe, and Englishman, John Rolfe. The cast includes Colin FarrellQ’orianka KilcherChristopher Plummer and Christian Bale.

According to History professor Cathy Schultz, Powhatan’s people “were far from the innocent, childlike creatures we see in the film.” Schultz points out that Powhatan “ruled by conquest over the surrounding tribes,” in contrast to the film’s depiction of them as peaceful except where in conflict with the English. Furthermore, most scholars agree that there was no romantic relationship between Pocahontas and Smith. She would have been 10 years old in 1608 when they were said to have first met.

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