The artist has merged events of 1613 along the Potomac River, shown in the foreground, with events of 1614 on the York River, shown in the background. At lower left, Pocahontas (center) is deceived by Iopassus, holding his reward of a "small Copper kettle," and Iopassus's wife, who feigns "counterfeit tears." After Pocahontas consents to accompany them onto the English ship, they prepare to enter the boat, and then they sit at supper aboard ship, "merry on all hands." The events in the background take place following the capture of Pocahontas, and after an English offer to exchange her for captives and weapons. In March 1614, having received only a partial response from Powhatan, English ships move up the York River. Met with "great bravado" and then flights of arrows, the English attack and burn an Indian village.