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(2005)

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Anachronisms 

In the early portion of the movie, the natives are shown harvesting corn (Zea maize), the ears of which are far larger than a human hand. At the time of the Jamestown colony, native corn was typically the size of a human thumb, rarely ever bigger. Large corn, such as pictured in the movie, is a product of seed selection and genetic research, mostly done since the 1860s.
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Just prior to the marriage proposal by Rolf to Rebecca, they are seen walking through a large field of foxtail grass. Foxtail is a European/Asian grass, and was introduced to the Americas far later than the colonial period. A field of green foxtail or yellow foxtail could not have been present for them to walk through.
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Whilst walking around the ornamental gardens in wonder, the Native American walks along a path with cast iron bollards. Though the movie was set in the 1600s these where probably made during the industrial revolution some 150 years later.
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In the film John Smith is seen wearing tattoos. The film is set in the early 1600s. The practice of tattooing was abandoned in Europe at that time and was not readopted until the late 18th century.
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In the scene where Smith and the small party set off up river to find the "king", there are three wooden channel markers visible in the background. The size and shape indicate the markers were not placed there by the Native Americans of the 1600s.
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A pier that is covered with wood boards shows signs of modern machining process on them.
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Continuity 

During the confrontation with Wingfield, Smith pulls his sword out twice without returning it to the sheath.
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Crew or equipment visible 

After the Powhatans flee their village as the settlers burn the huts, two smoke canisters can be seen to the right of the shot as the camera moves over an empty field.
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Errors in geography 

When Pocahontas is approaching with the Native Americans to give food during winter, she is wearing a hide over her head which is of an axis deer. This is native to India and Sri Lanka and would not have been in America in the 1600s.
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When Smith first encounters Pocahontas, a nightingale is heard singing in the background. Nightingales are not native birds in America and, unless the settlers brought some with them, should not be heard there.
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Factual errors 

Smith is shown being ordered to leave Jamestown by the king, but in reality, he had a gunpowder accident, and suffered severe burns. He had to leave for England, and recovered. Pohcahantas was told he died on the trip to England.
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Pocahantas is shown being kidnapped by the settlers when Smith is still in Jamestown. In reality, Smith had to leave from a gunpowder injury in 1609. Pocahontas was kidnapped in 1613.
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Captain Christopher Newport had part of his arm, including his hand severed before he landed at Jamestown.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the Natives' assault on the fort, one of the English settler's guns is seen bending like rubber as they are beating the Natives through the wall.
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Spoilers 

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Factual errors 

Edward Wingfield was shot and killed in the film, while in reality he lived to the age of 81 and died of natural causes in 1631.
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