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History THE PERKINS JOURNAL, Thursday, February 12, 2015 - A5 .]Ylo.ments 00tune On Feb, 19,1473, Nicolaus Copernicus is born in Tomn, Poland, on the Vistula River. Revered as the father of modem astronomy, Coper- nicus was the first Euro- pean scientist to propose that Earth and other planets revolve around the sun. On Feb. 22, 1819, Spanish minister Do Luis de Onis and U.S. Secretary of State John Quincy Adams sign the Florida Purchase Treaty, in which Spain agrees to cede the remainder of its old province of Florida to the United States. The Treaty put Florida into U.S. hands at no cost beyond the U.S. assumption of $5 million in claims by U.S. citizens against Spain. France and Yugoslavia in retaliation for their continu- ing trade with communist Cuba. The action was chiefly symbolic, but represented the continued U.S. effort to destabilize the Cuban regime of Fidel Castro. On Feb. 20, 1974, Reg Murphy, an editor of The Atlanta Constitution, is kid- napped. Kidnapper William Williams drove Murphy around the city, stopping to phone in ransom demands to the newspaper. Manag- ing editor G. James Minter delivered the money to Wil- liams, and Murphy was released. After being caught, Williams was sentenced to 40 years for kidnapping and extortion. On Feb. 21, 1926, glamor- ous Swedish actress Greta Garbo makes her U.S. screen debut in "The Torrent." Unlike many of her contem- poraries, the Nordic beauty successfully made the transi- tion to Sound after becoming a star during the silent film era. i On Feb. 18, 1964, the United States cuts off mil- itary assistance to Britain, On Feb. 16, 1984, Bill Johnson becomes the first American man to win an Olympic gold medal in downhill skiing, a sport long dominated by European athletes. Johnso n quickly became a national hero, though his fame was short- lived and he never again competed in the Olympics. 2015 King Features Synd., Inc. The Powhatan Confed- eracy of Indian tribes was located in Virginia when the English colonists estab- lished Jamestown in 1607. The name Powhatan was applied to the man Chief Powhatan, and his favorite village, and to his tribe which headed the Confed- eracy. Chief Powhatan had a native Indian name, but he was called Powhatan because of his village and his tribe. His administrative ability and his power built the Confederacy from four tribes to 30 tribes which numbered 9,000 people. The Confederacy was actu- ally an empire. The Indians helped the colonists, sometimes freely and sometimes reluctantly. They taught the colonists about the country and sol them corn and other food products. In one of his books, Captain John Smith of Jamestown, describes Chief Powhatan as tall, stalwart, strong d resolute, dressed in a coonskin robe. Some- times he was friendly to the colonists, and other times unfriendly. There is an absence of CLINIC t)enm, - ts - ne/Jnes - Re 321 N. Main in Perkins Call (405)612-7304 for appointment  Charles Wall information of history about the Confederacy 100 years after Chief Powhatan in the 1700's, It is assumed that the Confederacy was broken up during that time. Then around the 1950's, in more recent times, a revived confederacy was formed by several hundred Indians in Virginia and Delaware. They traced their origin back to the Powhatan Confederacy. Possibly this revised confederacy included some of the fami- lies which claim Pocahontas as one of their ancestors. Pocahontas was Chief Powhatan's daughter. The name Pocahontas means "playful one." Pocahontas apparently had a liking for Englishmen. She worked for friendly relations between Indians and colonists. Late in 1607, Captain John Smith was captured by the Indians and taken to Chief Powhatan. According to Captain Smith's writings, the chief was preparing to have Smith executed, but Pocahontas (at age 12) appealed to her father to save Smith's life: Smith was sent back to James- town. Pocahontas remained his friend. In 1614, Pocahontas married another colonist, John Rolfe. The marriage brought about a few years of peace between the Indi- ans and colonists. Pocahontas went with her husband, John Rolfe, i00Olrlrlll EIIlilllitd llrtll 377-8100 1-855-377-8122 to London in 1616, to help raise funds for the colonists in Virginia. The English people in London regarded her as a princess, which she was. Unfortunately, in 1617, while waiting to return to Virginia, she died of smallpox at age 22. Their son, Thomas Rolfe, wa educated in England and later went to Virginia, and became an important se(- J tier. Several noted Virginia families claim to be descen- dants of Thomas Rolfe. There are some families around Perkins who had ancestors who lives in Vir- ginia. 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