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Free Lecture / Speaker Series featuring Mae Silver and Merrilyn Rathburn

Published on Feb 28, 2014 by Fort Lauderdale Historical Society

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Forget everything you know about the mythical story of Pocahontas and learn about the real woman and her real home—Florida. The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society presents “Debunking the Pocahontas Myth.” The real Pocahontas, her name lost to history, was the daughter of the chief of a Native American tribe near Tampa. The chief, who had developed a fierce hatred of the Spanish due to their brutal treatment of Native Americans, captured and threatened to kill Spanish explorer Juan Ortiz until the chief’s daughter persuaded him against it. All of this happened in 1528, almost 100 years before the Pocahontas story allegedly took place. Historians believe that this simple story became translated into the story we know today. Silver will use this tale as a metaphor to help explore how some of Fort Lauderdale’s women of history have had their stories distorted, discarded or dismissed. All lectures take place at the New River Inn.

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