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John Smith taking the King of Pamavnkee prisoner - etching.jpg
'John Smith taking the King of Pamunkey prisoner', a fanciful image of Opechancanough from Smith's General History of Virginia (1624). The image of Opechancanough is based on a 1585 painting of another native warrior by John White[1] (see below)
Paramount chief of the Powhatan Confederacy
Preceded byOpitchipam
Succeeded byNecotowance
Personal details
Died1646 (aged 92)
Jamestown, Colony of Virginia, British America
Cause of deathShot in the back while a prisoner
Resting placePamunkey Reservation, King William, Virginia, U.S.
RelativesChief Powhatan (brother)
Pocahontas (niece)
John Rolfe (nephew-in-law)
Military service
AllegiancePowhatan Confederacy
Battles/warsAnglo-Powhatan Wars

Opechancanough (/oʊpəˈtʃænkənoʊ/; 1554–1646) was the main chief of the Powhatan People. He followed his older brother Powhatan. He captured Captain John Smith. Opechancanough led the Powhatans in the Second and Third Anglo-Powhatan Wars. His tactics were not that diplomactic. He was captured and killed by the British in 1646. His name means "He whose Soul is White". Nectowance replaced Opechancanough as chief of the Powhatan.

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  1. "Colonial Williamsburg | the World's Largest Living History Museum".