1550?-1618; Algonquian Indian chief in E Va.: father of Pocahontas
Originally Wahunsonacock. 1550?-1618
Algonquian leader who founded the Powhatan confederacy and maintained peaceful relations with English colonists after the marriage of his daughter Pocahontas to John Rolfe (1614).
nounpl. Powhatan, or Pow·ha·tans
- A member of a confederacy of Native American peoples of eastern Virginia in the 1500s and 1600s, with present-day populations in the same area and in New Jersey.
- The Algonquian language of the Powhatan, a dialect of Virginia Algonquian.
Origin of PowhatanAfter Powhatan 1