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Angelo

[jwplatform dlEPTyHg] Angelo Video Script From 1618 to 1620 the Portuguese fought the people of Ndongo in western Africa. Thousands of Africans were abducted and killed by African warlords and mercenaries employed by the Portuguese in Angola. Many were marched from their villages to the port of Luanda. Some escaped. Some died. They were often kept in terrible conditions for m

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Tomocomo

[jwplatform ntuwISXH][jwplatform ntuwISXH]     Tomocomo  video Script [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="175"] Wahunsonacock, Chief Powhatan photo 1607. A Nation Takes Root[/caption] Uttamatomakkin, also known as Tomocomo, was a priest-counselor to Chief Powhatan. Matachanna, his wife, was Pocahontas’ half-sister. Tomocomo’s homeland was Tsenacommacah

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Ann Burras

[jwplatform rn2IGkx4] Ann Burras video Script The first English women arrived in Virginia when Captain Christopher Newport brought two to Jamestown on his second supply ship in October of 1608. Ann Burras — an unmarried young woman in her teens — accompanied Mistress Forest as her maid. Mistress Forest had come with her husband (probably Thomas — listed among the s

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King James I

[jwplatform 3GUUXJAz]   King James video Script [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="200"] Portrait of King James as a young man, 1595[/caption] James was born in 1566, the son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Lord Darnley. He was King of Scotland (as James VI) for 36 years before becoming King of England in 1603 — and the first in the British royal line of Stuarts. Ja

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Thomas Savage

[jwplatform e37NWUtf]     Thomas Savage video script In 1621, John Pory wrote: “This Thomas Savage… hath served the public without any public recompense, yet had an arrow shot through his body in that service." Thomas Savage left England at the age of 13 to cross the Atlantic with Captain Christopher Newport, arriving in Virginia on the first supply ship in 1608, eight

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Benjamin Lincoln

[caption id="attachment_28232" align="alignleft" width="432"] Portrait of Benjamin Lincoln by Charles Willson Peale, circa 1784.[/caption]   Of all George Washington's Continental Army generals, few could organize or lead militia troops as well as Benjamin Lincoln. After years of serving in the Massachusetts militia, Benjamin Lincoln had become the "minuteman's general." He was born to

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Prince Hall

[caption id="attachment_28223" align="alignright" width="345"] Portrait of Prince Hall from the Grand Lodge of British Columbia and Yukon, artist and date unknown.[/caption]   From Georgia to New England, the Revolution's ideology of independence swept through the African-American community. The promise of liberty, one of the highest ideals of the American Revolution, became an obvious

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New Light On Virginia’s First Documented Africans

[caption id="attachment_27305" align="alignleft" width="238"] “1607: A Nation Takes Root,” Jamestown Settlement's introductory film, features the story of Angelo of Angola. Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation photo.[/caption] The traditional story about the arrival of Virginia’s first documented Africans begins in late August 1619. A ship, the White Lion, arrives at Old Point Comfort (today’s Hampton

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Poesies: Finding Love in Jamestown and Early Virginia

by Bly Straube, curator, Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation [caption id="attachment_27219" align="alignleft" width="300"] This interlocking gold finger ring on loan from the Museum of London for Jamestown Settlement's special exhibition, "TENACITY: Women in Jamestown and Early Virginia," contains the hidden posy, "AS HANDES DOE SHUT SO HARTE BE KNIT."[/caption] Why did 146 English women in the ea

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What early industries were in Virginia before tobacco?

When the Virginia Company established a colony at Jamestown in 1607, its leadership had high hopes that a wide array of materials could be tapped or produced. Company officials wrote, “The country it selfe is large and great . . . the land is full of milneralles, plenty of woods (the wants of England). . .the soile is strong and lustie of its owne nature.” Initially investors hoped for precious ma

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