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Chief Opechancanough Mangopeesomon “Eagle Plume” Powhatan

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Chief Opechancanough Mangopeesomon “Eagle Plume” Powhatan

  • Birth 1554 York County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 1646 York County, Virginia, USA
  • Burial King William, King William County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 101794591

Paramount Chief of Tsenacomoco, also known as the Powhatan Confederation 1618-1646.

Various historians reference him as the younger brother, half brother or cousin of Chief Powhatan, Opechancanough is most famous for leading assaults on the English settlers in Virginian and for the capture of colonist John Smith.

Opechancanough ordered the Great Assaults of 1622 and 1644 (Anglo-Powhatan Wars) which led to the massacre of thousand of English settlers. In 1646 Opechancanough was captured by an expedition of Virginia governor William Berkeley and brought him to Jamestown where approximately two weeks later he was shot and killed by one of the guards.

There are no written records of where Opechancanough is buried but most historians believe he was buried near his brother Chief Powhatan.


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  • Created by: zrustfamily
  • Added: 6 Dec 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101794591
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Chief Opechancanough Mangopeesomon “Eagle Plume” Powhatan (1554–1646), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101794591, citing Pamunkey Indian Reservation, King William, King William County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by zrustfamily (contributor 46856339) .