The Yale University Press produced a series of short (two to four-reel) pictures, collectively called "Chronicles of America," which the company released through Pathe. This was the second of the series and it takes place in the early 17th century, when the Indians and the Spaniards were both threatening Great Britain's control of Virginia. Dolores Cassinelli plays the Indian maiden Pocahontas, who is held prisoner by the British high Marshall so that her father will agree to release British hostages. Eventually, Pocahontas meets and falls in love with tobacco planter John Rolfe (Leslie Austin). The settlers also capture a Spanish spy (Paul McAllister), who is attempting to carry messages to the Floridas. The film attempted to give an accurate study of the way Jamestown really was during the era -- crudely built and isolated in winter. It also illustrates the British policies of the day and their effect on what later became the United States.
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