Many girls grew up with the beautiful Disney stories, those where the princesses fell in disgrace and were rescued by some handsome prince. With the passage of time, the stories were changing by the stronger women who were trying to solve their problems by themselves.
But many of these tender stories are based on real events, as is the case of three of the most important tapes production house: snow White, Mulan and Pocahontas. Below you will see the real stories of these incredible women who inspired the writers.
Snow white and the seven dwarfs
Premiered in 1938, the first tape Disney animated is based on the classic from the brothers Grimm, published in 1812, but they had another source of inspiration. There are several versions about the true story of snow White, but it was the German historian Karlheinz Bartel, who spent more than 10 years of his life to reach the bottom and discover the reality.
Maria Sophia Margaretha Catharina von Erthal is the real name of snow White, it was a small born July 15, 1729 in the village of Lohr and whose life has all the elements of the story, from the mother to the dwarfs.
The mother of Sophia died when she was 12 years old, a few years after his father, constable of the territory of Kurmainz, was married to Claudia Elisabeth Maria von Venningen, countess imperial Reichenstein. According to the real story, the relationship between the stepmother and the young man was not as bad as in the story, although she always tried best to the children of his first marriage.
The young noble came to be of remarkable beauty, was charitable with people in need and was always surrounded by malnourished children and aged prematurely by the hard work they did in the iron mines. These children, dressed in long coats and hats became the dwarfs.
The mirror also exists and, in fact, is currently on exhibit at the Museum of the Spessart, which was the castle of Lohr, the residence of the family. It is a gift from the father of Sophia to his second wife and while it does not have the ability to speak, if one has the particularity to repeat what you say in front of him due to a reverberation effect.
Finally, the young Sophia died inexplicably, and in memory of the noble girl, the people prepared a coffin with a few pieces of glass. In reality there was no prince, and the young man did not have a happy ending.
The story is based on the poem in chinese titled the Ballad of Mulan“tells the chinese legend of Hua Mulan, a woman who disguises himself as a warrior to join the army to replace his old father. Although it is unknown if the poem is based on true events, the story is very similar to that of the empress Fu Hao.
This woman, one of the many wives of emperor Wu Ding of the Shang Dynasty, led numerous military campaigns and became the military leader most powerful of his time after defeating the your and to the yi. At the same time, came to be a priestess and he was the oracle and the ceremonies with sacrificial gifts.
Princess native named Pocahontas did exist. He was born around the year of 1595, and in reality it was called Matoaka, but was known as Pocahontas, which meant “naughty girl” or “maleducada”. Was the eldest daughter of Wahunsonacock, an indian chief, to which the europeans called Powhatan, which was actually the name of his people, the powhatan.
Apparently they came from the north of Florida, but settled in what is now Virginia and Maryland. When they reached the English, Pocahontas was about 12 years of age and say that she liked to attend the camp european. The origin of his legend is based on the kidnapping of captain John Smith, who was captured by a head under powhatan, when he was leading an expedition to search for food. Years later, Smith recounted that he was taken to the indian capital, Werowocomoco, and when I was about to be executed Pocahontas was brought to him he begged his father to spare the life of that man. Today, historians cast doubt on that version.
In 1613 when Pocahontas was visiting a tribe alidade was captured by Samuel Argall, who took her to Jamestown with the aim of do an exchange for the prisoners English. It is that place received a good deal, was introduced to christianity and baptized with the name Rebecca.
A colonist widower named John Rolfe, a pioneer in the cultivation of the tobacco, fell in love with her and asked for her hand. They were married on April 5, 1614, and their union served to the parties in conflict were the peace.
Pocahontas had a son named Thomas, and in 1616 they went to England with her husband. It was very popular and appreciated by the English society, because it was the symbol of success of the colonization in America. In London he met up again with Smith, and while they say that could be an adventure between the two, in reality there is no information about it.
When the indian princess was on the way back home aboard a boat, fell ill, but it is not known exactly what. He died at the age of 21 on march 21, 1617.