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For a comprehensive bibliography and other material, see The Pocahontas Archive

Barbour, Philip L. Pocahontas and Her World. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1970.

Custalow, Linwood "Little Bear," and Angela L. Daniel "Silver Star." The True Story of Pocahontas: The Other Side of History. Golden: Fulcrum, 2007.

Gunn Allen, Paula. Pocahontas: Medicine Woman, Spy, Entrepreneur, Diplomat. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1994.

Horn, James. A Land as God Made It: Jamestown and the Birth of America. New York: Basic Books, 2005.

Hulme, Peter. "John Smith and Pocahontas." Colonial Encounters: Europe and the Native Caribbean, 1492-1797. London: Methuen, 1986. 137-73.

Lemay, J. A. Leo. Did Pocahontas Save Captain John Smith? Athens: U of Georgia P, 1992.

Mossiker, Frances. Pocahontas: The Life and the Legend. New York: Knopf, 1976. (New York: Da Capo Press, 1996.)

Rountree, Helen C. Pocahontas, Powhatan, Opechancanough: Three Indian Lives Changed by Jamestown. Charlottesville: U of Virginia P, 2005.

Rountree, Helen. Pocahontas's People: The Powhatan Indians of Virginia Through Four Centuries. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1990.

Rountree, Helen. The Powhatan Indians of Virginia. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1989.

Smith, John. A True Relation of Such Occurrences of Noate as Hath Happened in Virginia. London, 1608. (The Complete Works of John Smith. Ed. Philip L. Barbour. Vol. 1. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1986.)

Smith, John. The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles. London, 1624. (The Complete Works of John Smith. Ed. Philip L. Barbour. Vol. 2. Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1986.)

Tratner, Michael. "Translating Values: Mercantilism and the Many "Biographies" of Pocahontas." Biography 32.1 (2009): 128-36.

Online Resources

The Literature of Justification: Jamestown
Examination of how the English justified taking land from and making war on the Native Americans.
The Pocahontas Archive http://digital.lib.lehigh.edu/trial/pocahontas/
The Pocahontas Archive is an ever-growing collection of materials relating to the study of Pocahontas (and, by association, John Smith, Jamestown, and early Virginia) from early America into the present: histories, biographies, poems, plays, fiction, textbooks, movies, essays, dissertations, newspaper articles, children's books, paintings, sculpture, recordings, genealogies -- whatever has contributed to the shaping of the Pocahontas figure in our culture.
Smith, John. A True Relation of Such Occurrences of Noate as Hath Happened in Virginia. London, 1608. http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/etcbin/jamestown-browse?id=J1007
Contains the first mention of Smith's capture but no mention of a rescue by Pocahontas.
Smith, John. The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles. London, 1624. http://books.google.com/books?id=9TQbAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA209&dq=#v=onepage&q=&f=false
The most complete history of the Virginia enterprise by a member of the Jamestown colony and contains the story of the rescue of Smith by Pocahontas that is the basis for her cultural canonization.