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Choose Your Own Adventure

Pick an exciting focus for your school or adult group – Powhatan Indians, English Settlers, or When Cultures Collide! You can also customize the length of your tour, at one or two hours. Not available in November or April. Limited to two classes at a time. For all ages Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.    “This program gave my students a wonderful ha

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Gallery Sampler Tour

Get the whole Jamestown story on a tour of our 30,000 square foot gallery, chock full of rare artifacts and documents that highlight the story of three cultures in early Virginia – the Powhatan Indians, English and West Central Africans. Great for adult groups! Program complies with VA Social Studies Standards of Learning.  “My seniors got so much more out of this wonderful museum because of y

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Powhatan Indian World

In the re-created Powhatan Indian Village, students work in collaborative groups to solve problems such as finding fibers in yucca plants, building smoking racks, sewing pouches and other daily activities as they explore the culture of the Powhatan people. Visits to the re-created ships and fort provide more context to the students to discuss the impacts the English arrival had on the Powhatan I

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The Angolan Connection and Slavery in Virginia

The first Africans in Virginia in the 17th century came from the Kongo/Angola regions of West Central Africa. They were part of a large system established by the Portuguese in Africa to capture and supply slaves to the Spanish colonies in Central and South America. Two privateering vessels raiding in the Caribbean took some of the Africans from a Portuguese ship and brought them to Virginia, where

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[caption id="attachment_7925" align="alignright" width="314"] From John Smith's Map of Virginia, published in 1612.[/caption] When the English colonists selected Jamestown as the site of their colony in 1607, they did not know they were planting their fledgling settlement within 15 miles of Werowocomoco, the seat of power of the Powhatan paramount chiefdom. At that time the chiefdom was compris

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A Jamestown Timeline

Christopher Columbus never reached the shores of the North American Continent, but European explorers learned three things from him: there was someplace to go, there was a way to get there, and most importantly, there was a way to get back. Thus began the European exploration of what they referred to as the “New World.” This timeline details important events in the establishment of the fi

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Discovering Jamestown

The Discovering Jamestown electronic classroom provides historical context for an exploration of the beginnings of America by combining educational videos, lesson plans, and primary source images and historic maps related to the English, the Powhatan Indians, and the Africans who were brought to America in the early 17th century.   The Discovering Jamestown electronic classroom was

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What did Virginia look like pre-contact?

[caption id="attachment_24206" align="alignright" width="300"] John Smith Map of Virginia[/caption] In April of 1607, the Englishmen sailed into the Chesapeake Bay, a body of salt water from the Atlantic Ocean that meets fresh water flowing from the Potomac, Rappahannock, York and the James rivers. These tributaries are tidal estuaries with tides being felt upstream almost as far as Richmond. A

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How did the Powhatan Indians interact with their environment?

[caption id="attachment_24301" align="aligncenter" width="880"] Powhatans hunting and fishing, Theodor de Bry[/caption] DOWNLOAD PDF GRADE LEVEL Upper Elementary STANDARDS AND SKILLS Virginia Standards of Learning: VS.1, a, d, e, h, i; VS.2 c, e Applying geographic skills; Making connections; Questioning and critical thinking skills; Using information sources This lesson also meets nat

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What was the Proclamation of 1763?

Great Britain recognized that one of the factors contributing to Pontiac’s Rebellion had been the unchecked movement of land-hungry settlers into the area west of the Appalachian Mountains. Britain also realized that a plan was needed to develop the large areas won during the war in an orderly way. Hoping to placate the Indians while buying time to develop a long-range plan, King George III issued

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