Henry Spelman

Henry Spelman (1595–1623) of Hunstanton, nephew to Sir Henry Spelman of Congham, was sent to Virginia whilst still in his teens, and upon arrival was given by John Smith to the natives to settle a peace.

Later on, during an expedition, Spelman was saved by Pocahontas and lived with her tribe for several years.  Through his many years living with local tribes Spelman became fluent and acted as an emissary and translator for the two groups and even travelled with Pocahontas and her husband John Rolfe to England in 1616-7 where he served as translator.  He later published an account of his experiences. Spelman died in 1623, killed by a member of the tribe he previously lived with.

Source: K.O. Kupperman, The Jamestown Project (2007)

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