This short article caught my eye as I was leafing through the first issue of the Niles Weekly Register. As it is reprinted from the Georgia Journal, it evidently caught the attention of the venerable Mr. Niles as well. According to Wikipedia, Opechanchanough was a tribal chief of the Powhatan Confederacy of what is now Virginia in the United States, and its leader from sometime after 1618 until his death in 1646. It was he who captured John Smith of Jamestown. This was the same John Smith famous for being rescued by Pocahontas’ intervention on his behalf. Apparently, he was a pretty tough customer.
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For a bit more on Opechanchanough see this article at Son of The South.