The dark history of Pocahontas, whose name Trump keeps evoking to slam Elizabeth Warren

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Even before Trump began using her name as an insult, Pocahontas has occupied a prominent place in American pop culture.

But who was Pocahontas, and how did we come to be so fixated on her?

First of all, she wasn't named Pocahontas — it was a nickname that means something along the lines of "mischievous one." A colonist named William Strachey chronicled how 11-year-old Pocahontas would visit the settlers' fort at Jamestown and turn cartwheels with the English children, according to the book "Malinche, Pocahontas, and Sacagawea: Indian Women as Cultural Intermediaries and National Symbols."

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