James River Plantation - on the 401st Anniversary!

Trip Start Jan 01, 2008
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Trip End Dec 31, 2008


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Friday, May 2, 2008

   Had a wonderful day, touring the site of the original Jamestown Settlement - now the Colonial National Historical Park. The first settlement along the James River was by the Indians.  In May, 1607 the English arrived and established Jamestown in the heart of the lands of the Powhatan Confederacy - a confederation of tribes first led by Chief Powhatan.  The James River was actually first known as "Powhatan Flu".
The early colonization of Virginia was actually a corporate venture, initially undertaken by the Virginia Company.  Early seventeenth-century investor-sponsored settlements, were known as "hundreds".  Plantations, owned by individuals and passed-down to descendents, emerged as a pattern of settlement that continued in Virginia's Tidewater and Piedmont areas until the Civil War.
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