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ˈpaʊ əˌtæn, ˈpaʊˌhæt nPowhatan

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  1. Powhatan, Wahunsonacock(noun)

    Indian chief and founder of the Powhatan confederacy of tribes in eastern Virginia; father of Pocahontas (1550?-1618)

  2. Powhatan(noun)

    a member of the Algonquian people who formerly lived in eastern Virginia

  3. Powhatan(noun)

    the Algonquian language of the Powhatan


  1. Powhatan

    The Powhatan is the name of a Virginia Indian confederation of tribes. It may also refer to the leader of those tribes, commonly referred to as Chief Powhatan. It is estimated that there were about 14,000–21,000 Powhatan people in eastern Virginia when the English settled Jamestown in 1607. They were also known as Virginia Algonquians, as they spoke an eastern-Algonquian language known as Powhatan or Virginia Algonquin. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a mamanatowick named Wahunsunacawh, created a powerful organization by affiliating 30 tributary peoples, whose territory was much of eastern Virginia, called Tsenacommacah, Wahunsunacawh came to be known by the English as "Chief Powhatan". Each of the tribes within this organization had its own weroance, but all paid tribute to Chief Powhatan. After Chief Powhatan's death in 1618, hostilities with colonists escalated under the chiefdom of his brother, Opechancanough, who sought in vain to drive off the encroaching English. His large-scale attacks in 1622 and 1644 met strong reprisals by the English, resulting in the near elimination of the tribe. By 1646, what is called the Powhatan Paramount Chiefdom by modern historians had been largely destroyed. In addition to the ongoing conflicts with the ever-expanding English settlements and their inhabitants, the Powhatan suffered a high death rate due to infectious diseases, maladies introduced to North America by the Europeans to which the Native Americans had developed no natural immunities.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Powhatan in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Powhatan in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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