“A Wild Shambles of Strange Gods”:1 The Conversion of Quisara in Fletcher’s The Island Princess

  • Andrea Remi Solomon


Pocahontas occupies a strange place in the American imagination. She first appears in our childhoods, as part of the fairy tale of early white American history. Although the actual (historical) Native American princess performed a valuable function as adviser to and liaison between her people and the English colonists, the most exciting and famous parts of her story, the spectacles in song and in the Disney movie, are apocryphal. Her diplomatic skill and bravery in her encounter with the Other are less remembered than the fact that she had some sort of romantic relationship with John Smith, and known by far fewer, that she was converted to Christianity and married a different Englishman, John Rolfe.


Fairy Tale English Colonist Interracial Marriage Religious Conversion Stock Character 
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