Ocean City Life Saving Station Museum
Native Americans: First Contact On Lower Delmarva

Through prints, first-hand accounts and other items, the exhibit shows how area Native Americans lived and worked at the time of their first contact with Europeans. It also depicts ways in which Native American life changed shortly thereafter, including a loss of freedom, environmental alterations, continually shrinking territory and the establishment of reservations.

In early June 1608, Captain John Smith made two exploratory expeditions up the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries, describing the flora and fauna as well as Native Americans whom he saw there.

This painting, by an unknown artist, depicts Powhatan's daughter, Pocahontas (Matoaka) wearing a typical beaver hat. Pocahontas, baptized a Christian, married Virginia planter John Rolfe, and died in England where she had gone to be presented to King James I.