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Opechancanough

(c. 1571—1646) leader of the Pamunkey Indians


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(c.1545–1644) an Algonquian leader who was the first chief to recognize the encroachment of English colonization on native lands and resist it as a serious threat to Indian life. He was responsible for the uprising of 1622 against the English colonists in Virginia and was killed by one of them in 1644 while a prisoner. He was believed by English contemporaries to be the brother of Powhatan and an uncle to Pochohantas.

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