Chief Powhatan Timeline

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  • c. 1547 - c. 1618
    Life of Wahunsenacah, Chief Powhatan, leader of the Powhatan Confederacy of Tsenacommacah (modern-day Virginia, USA).
  • 1607
    The English establish Jamestown in Wahunsenacah's territory.
  • 1609
    Relations between the English immigrants and native Powhatans deteriorate.
  • 1610 - 1614
    Wahunsenacah launches and directs the First Powhatan War in an effort to drive the English from his land.
  • 1614
    John Rolfe marries Pocahontas; union ends the First Powhatan War.
  • 1614 - 1622
    Peace of Pocahontas between English colonists and Powhatans; established by the marriage of Pocahontas and John Rolfe.
  • c. 1617
    Wahunsenacah steps down as chief of the Powhatan Confederacy; succeeded by his half-brother Opchanacanough.
  • c. 1618
    Death of Wahunsenacah.
  • 22 Mar 1622
    The "Indian Massacre" of the Jamestown colony when the Powhatan Confederacy fights for their land; over 300 colonists killed.